K D Adamson

Futurist, author, presenter and expert on how the technology-enabled future will change our lives.

K D Adamson is a futurist who is on a mission to identify and contextualise how the technology-enabled future will impact the lives and expectations of human beings.

A dynamic keynote speaker who engages with her audience presenting insights and information that will generate an appetite for the future, KD is helping to equip people to fully participate in its creation.

Videos of K D Adamson

V Group Ltd "Conversations" | June 2017
Trust In A Digital World | Nor-Shipping 2017 Opening Conference | June 2017
Shipping2030: What's the Problem with Shipping? | 2016

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About K D Adamson

Futurist K D Adamson identifies how the combinatorial effects of a range of exponentially growing technologies, global megatrends and new generational mindsets will transform our lives radically in the coming decades.

More than a new industrial or machine age, she argues that we are entering the 'e-naissance' - the second Renaissance and the dawn of the exponential age, and offers a visionary perspective on its impact at both a global and individual level.

From the future of work, intelligent transportation, business, healthcare, education, government and regulation, to resource scarcity, privacy, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, hyper-connectivity and radical transparency, she creates a frame of reference for how the e-naissance will change the lives and expectations of human beings, whilst equipping them with the information, insight and appetite to fully participate in its development.

An inspirational keynote speaker she has an extraordinary breadth of understanding of the strategic global economic, business and emerging technology context for the rapid changes every industry is experiencing and coaches leaders towards new digital visions and transformations. She also works with start-ups and investors shaping the exponential organisations and ecosystems of the future.

About K D Adamson

K D Adamson began her career in advertising on the Coca-Cola account at London agency McCann Erickson before moving into strategic global branding and marketing. Working with high-tech and new technology accounts, including the emerging e-reader market in the mid-2000s led her to focus on foresight and future trends.

She has advised a diverse range of major companies and organisations from FMCG, pharma, and high-tech manufacturing, to consumer electronics, feature film, publishing, advertising, big brands, TV and media companies and the EU, and is the world’s foremost ‘blue’ futurist in shipping & maritime.

The CEO of Futurenautics and a member of The Futures Agency, K D Adamson has appeared worldwide on stages and in print, online, on radio and television. She is also the author of fraud thriller Payload, and the non-fiction book Shipping and the 800-lb Gorilla.

Speaking Topics

  • Impact of technology and the digital world on people’s daily lives, moral and ethical issues around privacy, sentient machines, responsibility and perception of risk, impact of the quantified self on health, healthcare, learning and education in the new machine age
  • Leadership, developing strategy and leading businesses in the digital age, new organisational structures, creating a digital vision for companies and industries – Big Hairy Audacious Goals and Massive Transformative Purpose
  • Increases in computing power, Cloud and Edge computing, 3rd Platform, Intelligent Digital Mesh, SMAC technologies
  • Connectivity: increases in speed and power enabling instant and perfect knowledge
  • Sensors, microprocessors, robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • People: Gen X, Y and Z, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, Millennial attitudes, privacy
  • Autonomy
  • Blockchain & Tokens
  • Quantum Computing
  • Compact Nuclear Fusion & Tokomak reactors
  • Space: Democratisation of access, off-planet 
  • settlements, asteroid mining, satellites & connectivity
  • The Internet of Everything/Industrial Internet, Big Data, analytics, predictive analytics
  • Smart materials, nanotechnology, coatings, carbon nanotubes
  • New energy sources, fuels and batteries, renewables, the energy internet
  • Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  • Sustainability: Environment, business, growth, food, circular economy, collaborative consumption
  • Security: Personal data, cyber-security, defence
  • Skills, people analytics, training, knowledge automation, gamification, diversity, neurofeedback and BCI (brain-computer interfaces)
  • Manufacturing 3.0/Industry 4.0, 3-D & 4-D Printing, nearshoring/next-shoring, changing trade flows and consumer demand
  • New digital business models, disintermediation, access over ownership, monetisation of idle assets, disaggregation of value chains, disruptive innovation, digital threats and opportunities
  • Future of transport and logistics, drones, autonomous vehicles, impacts on business and consumers, intelligent transport systems, Hyperloop
  • Regulatory, Legal and Insurance challenges in the digital age, the Bureaucratic Singularity


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