160. Joi Ito Explains How to Survive Our Faster Future


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In this AFP Conversations: Leadership Series episode, Joichi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab, talks to host Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of the Association for Financial Professionals. Ito supports researchers at the Media Lab as they seek to deploy design, science and technology such as AI, blockchain, and synthetic biology to transform society.

Ito also is co-author of the book, “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future,” as well as a columnist for WIRED magazine. He’s an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change.

Ito will be the Mindshift keynote speaker at AFP 2019 this October in Boston, where he will give a talk based on his book. Visit www.afp2019.org/register to sign up and use discount code AFP2019EXEC at checkout to save $100.

"I was really excited to speak with Joi because I think we share a similar perspective on technology and its impact on society," Kaitz says. "I speak to finance executives all the time about digital disruption – and how technology will completely change how finance works.

"Joi takes the concept of disruption to a deeper level. He believes that to survive the future, individuals and organizations must first change their perspectives. And that requires getting rid of long-held assumptions and embracing change. That’s music to my ears – but it’s still a hard concept for many to embrace."

I’m going to talk to Joi about how finance executives can embrace technological change – especially in today’s workplace.

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