Global Futurist Dr. James Canton forecasts technology
and business trends
TIER is honored to present global futurist, Dr. James Canton, to
speak on his view of the next wave of business and technological
What problems will humans face in the future? Which are the technologies
that will provide the solutions? As aging of the baby-boomer generation
changes the demographics of the world, medical solutions aiming
at longevity will become more and more important. Nanotechnology,
biotechnology, information technology and neuroscience will be the
driving force of the future economy. Dr. Canton will talk about
the business opportunities deriving from market demand and the impact
on the economy, society, politics, finance, business, law and the
The Future Summit-Bio-Economy 2020 Forum aims to help the audience
better understand the future technological trends, particularly
in the biotechnology arena. Through the discussion of four most
important trends including innovative economy, longevity medicine,
healthcare system in the future, as well as how technologies can
provide solutions for the aging society, this forum would like to
inspire audience from both the public and private sectors and facilitate
the policy making process in Taiwan.
About Dr. James Canton:
Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist,
author, and sought-after business advisor. For the past twenty-five
years, he has been insightfully forecasting the impact of future
trends and innovations on business, customers and society.
Dr. Canton is Chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures,
an internationally-recognized San Francisco-based think tank he
founded in 1990 to help clients better anticipate the future. Dr.
Canton advises Fortune 1000 corporations and governments worldwide.
He has also served as an advisor to the White House Office of Science
and Technology, is on the advisory board of MIT's Media Lab, Europe
and advises the National Science Foundation. He was also recently
appointed Senior Fellow of the Center for Research in Technology
& Innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of
A highly sought-after public speaker, Dr. Canton has spoken to
thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his
unique and entertaining ability to blend fascinating forecasts of
trends and breakthroughs that will shape the future. Successful
Meetings Magazine named him as one of the top presenters in the
A frequent guest of the media worldwide, he has served as a commentator
on CNN Financial News, where his insightful coverage has earned
him the nickname "the Digital Guru." Media coverage about
Dr. Canton's innovative vision of the future has appeared in Fortune,
The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US
News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines.
Dr. Canton is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Futures Forecast,
which advises leaders about emerging innovations and trends. He
is the author of Technofutures, a book acclaimed as a blueprint
for how innovation will shape the future of business in the 21st
The Top 10 Trends of the Extreme Future
1. Fueling the Future - The energy crisis, the
post-oil future, and the future of energy alternatives like hydrogen.
The critical role that energy will play in every aspect of our lives
in the 21st century.
2. The Innovation Economy - The transformation
of the global economy based on the convergence of free trade, technology
and democracy, driving new jobs, new markets, globalization, competition,
peace and security. The Four Power Tools of the Innovation Economy
3. The Next Workforce - How the workforce of the
U.S. is becoming more multicultural, more female and more Hispanic.
Why the future workforce must embrace innovation to become globally
4. Longevity Medicine - The key forces that will
radically alter medicine such as nanotech, neurotech, and genomics,
leading to longer and healthier lives.
5. Weird Science - How science will transform
every aspect of our lives, culture and economy-from teleportation
to nano-biology to multiple universes.
6. Securing the Future - The top threats to our
freedom and our lives, from hackers to terrorists to mind control.
Defining the risk landscape of the 21st century.
7. The Future of Globalization - The new realities
of global trade and competition; the rise of China and India; the
clash of cultures and ideologies; and the cultural-economic battle
for the future.
8. The Future of Climate Change - How the environment
is changing and how we need to prepare for increased global warming,
pollution, and threats to biodiversity.
9. The Future of the Individual - The risks and
challenges from institutions, governments, and ideologies in the
struggle for human rights and the freedom of the individual in the
10. The Future of the Superpower - The power of
America and its destiny to champion global democracy, innovation,
human rights and free markets.
For more information, please contact
the forum host - Biotechnology
Industry Study Center.