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Nikolas Badminton

World-Renowned Futurist

Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning, dynamic and innovative Futurist, Researcher, and Keynote Speaker who shares an awe-inspiring vision of trends that shape the future to world-leading organizations and governments. He provides expertise in new technologies and promotes exponential thinking with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In 2018, we are at the horizon of change and are seeing the third industrial revolution take place with advances never seen before across the digitized communications, renewable energy, and automated transportation Internet. At the heart of all of these is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.).

Nikolas draws on his 20+ years of experience in big data, analytics and A.I. to look at how this revolution is starting and changing society, business, and personal life. The insights he provides gives to you deeper understanding of what he world will look like in 2030 by showing you the techniques, research, and systems that are being deployed across industries, cities, and transportation. He also looks at wider societal implications and the ethics around data, privacy, and how we are all going to be affected.

The Exponential Technology Revolution
The world will change in the next 20 years more than it has in the previous 100. At the heart of that are technologies that are advancing at a pace never seen before – exponentially. Nikolas will provide a deep dive into the key exponentially developing and growing technologies that are changing the world, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics, Computational Systems, 3D Printing, Medicine/Neurosystems, Cybersecurity and Bioinformatics, Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology, and Quantum Computing.

He will highlight the ‘signals of change’ that show how quickly the world is changing across industries – finance, agriculture, medicine, media, transportation and logistics, construction, and many more. Nikolas will also provide a view on ethical implications and insights on how these technologies affect planning, policies, and regulations at both the federal and state levels.

The Growth of Smart Cities
Over 1000 smart city pilot projects are in progress today with over 500 of them being developed in China. The future city is going to have systems in place to create the ability to monitor and program the city to react to what is needed in real-time.

With this vision comes the implementation and rollout of renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro), self-driving vehicles (autonomous truck fleets, municipal transport, on-demand taxis, and personal vehicles), electric vehicles, the internet of things, with Big Data and Data Science at the heart of operations. Nikolas will look at how city planning is changing along with the core technologies being deployed and will profile the global cities that are embracing this approach.

The Impact of Big Data, Social Media, and Privacy on Society
The Internet surrounds us, binds us together as a society, and helps us with almost all aspects of our lives. Everything seems to be in its place and useful. But, in 2018 the world is changing. Social media is both the amplifier and controller of our emotions as we go about our daily lives. Algorithms optimize every aspect of lives, and ubiquitous connections across billions of devices capture our every move. The new world won’t look that different but, it will operate completely differently with these systems. Nikolas will help you look deeper into this new world and realize how the normal function of childhood, family and community is being altered and manipulated for profit. And, with our full permission.

  • Nikolas served as a dynamic host for this provocative event. Nikolas worked hard to understand the University and our intended outcomes; as a result, we engaged Nik to work with us as our strategic curator for the Waterloo Innovation Summit.

    - Senior Director Community Relations & Events, University of Waterloo
  • Nikolas was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. His presentation was very well-received and we've heard only great things so far. I've attached the feedback that was submitted in the mobile app for his keynote for your reference.

    - Program Director and 2018 Committee Chair, ARMA Canada
  • Nikolas served as a dynamic host for this provocative event. Nikolas worked hard to understand the University and our intended outcomes; as a result, we engaged Nik to work with us as our strategic curator for the Waterloo Innovation Summit.

    - Senior Director Community Relations & Events, University of Waterloo
  • Nikolas’ genuine enthusiasm and knowledge of technology and industry trends made for a thought-provoking keynote to kick-off our event.

    - Director, Labour Relations Services, Metro Vancouver
  • Nikolas was completely accurate in the danger and ownership of data and how to secure it now and what the future holds.

    - Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

Summary Profile

Nikolas will help you explore the implications of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, Big Data, Privacy and Surveillance, Renewable Energy, Blockchain, Biohacking, Personalized Medicine, and other exponential technology innovations.

Nikolas has worked with the world’s most prominent and impactful organizations, including United Nations, NASA, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Dell, BMW, Bayer, Procter & Gamble, HSBC, Barclays Bank, Telus, Young Professionals Organization (YPO), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Singularity University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, He’s been an active participant in providing advice to municipalities in Canada, including Metro Vancouver, City of Abbotsford, Township of Langley, Southern Interior Local Government Association, City of Penticton, and the Vancouver Economic Forum. He’s also advised the Government of Canada, Government of Cayman Islands, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta and over 200 others.

Nikolas’ research and opinion has appeared in BBC, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Venturebeat. He also hosts CTV’s Future Fridays and high-profile documentaries on exponential technologies and cultural change.