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Acclaimed global futurist and trendcaster, Dr. Shawn DuBravac is author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of business, healthcare, finance, transportation, and culture.
Dr. DuBravac is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker, delivering pragmatic and provocative insights on the trends, technologies, and paradigms transforming the globe. His research focuses on the forces shaping tomorrow that are percolating on the peripheral of society and business today. By providing an elevated view of developing trends, DuBravac empowers leaders and their organizations to improve strategic decision-making capabilities by identifying and understanding the changing landscape and opportunities that lie ahead.
Today DuBravac is president of Avrio Institute. The Institute, which takes from the Greek Αύριο meaning tomorrow, helps leaders prepare for uncertain, divergent futures. Its clients include Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies, scrappy start-ups, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Grounded in economics, DuBravac served for over a dozen years as chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer tech companies and owner and producer of CES.
DuBravac writes extensively on disruptive technological shifts and has been widely published on the topics of technology, finance, and economics. His analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on-air with CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS, and other media outlets.
In 2012, DuBravac was named to Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” list of people to watch in the technology industry and in 2017, Prophix named him one of 27 Finance Thought Leaders to Read and Follow. He was a founding trustee of the CTA Foundation, is a past-President of both the CFA Society of Washington, DC and the Conference of Business Economists, and a past board member of the National Association of Business Economists.
DuBravac has taught at the George Washington University School of Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business, the George Mason University School of Business, Marymount University School of Business, and the University of Mary Washington. He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University. DuBravac resides in Virginia with his three sons. When not helping executive teams decipher coming shifts, he can be found climbing 14ers, running marathons and coaching youth sports.
The Digitization of Healthcare
Wearables, telemedicine, and artificial intelligence are just the start of a technological tsunami disrupting one of the most broken business models in America. Healthcare reform and escalating demand continue to put new pressures on hospitals, physician and medical service providers and savvy organizations are turning to technological solutions to gain competitive advantages, enable innovative capabilities, contain costs and enhance efficiencies. At the same time, patients are living ever digitized lives and demanding more of medical providers. Explore the most promising and pronounced trends impacting healthcare. Big questions regarding the efficacy of technology to cut costs, improve accuracy, and raise quality remain but the future of healthcare is digital and organizations need to prepare now for the coming transformation.
Finance and Risk Management in a New Digital Age
The next era of financial intermediation is upon us. The coming digital decade will transform every aspect of finance. Digitization is opening new market opportunities from AI-driven decision making to cryptocurrencies. Bots and other emerging technologies are influencing how individuals interact and changing the advisor-client relationship. Mounting cyber attacks, the rise of artificial intelligence and digitized data are altering risk management and mitigation, how decisions are made, and how valuations are derived. Every element of the financial community will be impacted by disruptive digital forces, creating both havoc and opportunities for incumbent firms and start-ups alike.
The Future of Work: Are Robots Going to Take Our Jobs?
Artificial intelligence and robotics are challenging traditional norms of work. Employers are increasingly incorporating digital tools and in turn, redefining work and the modern day worker. Yet, at the intersection of technological innovation and human work, there are a myriad of complexities developing. The new breed of quantified workers will enhance productivity and opportunities for business expansion but employers have to handle mounting privacy concerns and new challenges for executives. A host of emerging technologies offer opportunities for business expansion and potential efficiencies while creating new challenges executives must tackle.
The world of logistics and transportation are being transformed with the advent of self-driving vehicles, robots and the mass digitization of supply chains. The wide deployment of sensors will enable data harvesting from connected individuals, equipment and transportation facilities that will drive data-driven decisions and streamline execution. Technological-induced changes have implications for the entire supply chain as new services are born that are forever changing the face of transportation.
Are We Ready For Smart Cities?
Technological shifts are reshaping the urban landscape and producing social change in cities around the globe. Municipalities are rethinking infrastructure and transportation investments while seeking ways to protect and optimize scarce resources to improve the quality of life for its residents. At the same time, consumers are embedding smart technologies throughout their home and personal lives. Wearable sensors are facilitating robust and dynamic real-time data while technological transformations like self-driving vehicles are poised to massively change structural elements of cities throughout the world.
Changes in Retail, Hospitality, and the Future of Professional Services
The digital revolution is both consolidating and fragmenting the landscape in retail, hospitality, and a plethora of service industries. The internet opened a wide gamut of competition from merchandising to pricing to creating a curated consumer experience. Brands are bidding for loyalty but at the same time, ever-more demanding consumer expectations are colliding with legacy service models. Emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, drones, and digital payments are changing how we interact, shop, and make decisions. Executives are facing immeasurable challenges as they confront a digital world redefining service.
Swipe Right for Digitally-Induced Cultural Shocks
Not long ago we talked about “going online.” In these early days, our experiences in the digital world were largely isolated from our analog lives. Today, we dedicate an escalating amount of our time each day to smartphones and spend much of our waking hours consuming media across an assortment of devices. Two-thirds of Americans report they get at least some of their news on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and as a result, technology is having an oversized impact on social norms and culture. The lines between what happens digitally and what happens in our physical lives as blurred beyond recognition. Our identities are increasingly being digitally defined and this has pronounced implications for society as romantic relationships, politics and everything in between are transformed.
Voice, AR, Blockchain and more: The Challenges and Opportunities of Emerging Technologies
A profusion of technological changes on the horizon are poised to forever change the way we work, live and communicate. Voice computing is ushering in a new user interface and changing the way we compute. Virtual reality and augmented reality are altering the way we interact and blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. New use-cases for drones, 3D-printers, and wearables are arising daily. Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and the blockchain are fundamentally changing business processes. Increasing swaths of our lives are connected but cybersecurity and privacy concerns are just some of the challenges as we usher a new world filled with technological innovations.
Digital Objects > People : The Future in a World of IoT
Ten years ago the number of “things” connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people on the planet and this technological tsunami continues to escalate. As objects add capabilities such as context awareness, processing power, energy independence the Internet of Things will grow exponentially. Billions or even trillions of connections becomes a network of networks and create boundless opportunities for businesses, individuals and countries. There is a tremendous amount of experimentation taking place today that will redefine our future and influence how we work, communicate and live. The fuel of the next industrial revolution is upon us but it will not be mechanical inventions as it has been through all the ages of history.
Elon Musk argues artificial intelligence (AI) poses a greater threat to humanity than nuclear weapons while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes AI will save lives. This juxtaposition reveals the existential threat and potential AI possesses. From accelerating information flow on major weather events to writing sophisticated texts, spreading fake news and undermining public trust, AI is ushering in a new digital paradigm. What’s clear is that AI is going to change all that we know about the digital world and in turn, have massive ramifications on the physical world.
- "Shawn DuBravac works at the epicenter of technology and society...When he talks, I listen." Doug Solomon former Chief Strategy Officer at Apple
- “That was an excellent presentation! You managed to cover each topic in a way that explained and also enthralled – my team of media researchers were blown away and we had a lively follow-up discussion. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and providing context to help us visualize a not-too-distant future we are excited for!!” Debbie Reichig SVP Media Sales Research, Twentieth Television
- “Shawn was terrific. His content and delivery were perfect. He showed this video about AARP and Google that had us all laughing. He is very knowledgeable about the topic trends in technology, but he is also a very good presenter.” Molly Burns F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company
- “Shawn is one of the leading technology futurists, and keynote speakers, in the country. Audiences always enjoy and learn from his keynotes. As an economist and researcher by training, Shawn has the unique ability of being able to boil down the most complex and unsettled technology trends into understandable and meaningful insights for our attendees. As one of the most respected technology prognosticators and researchers for the past 20 years, his predictions have real weight with attendees. Audiences always appreciate his predictions and takeaways on how technology will shape their particular industries in the coming years. At the end of his keynotes, the Q&A session with Shawn is always a hit, and results in robust and interesting dialogues.” Paul Sherman Publisher, Tech Wire Media and Events
- “...presentation was very well received by our attendees and many of our Informatica executives who were in the audience. I heard nothing but glowing remarks so huge “THANK YOU” for stepping in and working with us to customize your talking points to make it very relevant to our audience and Informatica’s brand.” Jennifer Jawor Senior Director, North America Regional Marketing, Informatica
- “We’ve heard great feedback from our CEOs already who so enjoyed your presentation and the resulting conversation. The workshop format is new for this group and we so appreciate your time spent with us brainstorming and collaborating – so pleased with the final result!” Lyndsay Polloway Vice President of Events, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- “For our FSTEC (foodservice technology) conference, Shawn’s presentation was captivating, timely, relevant and fascinating. My gauge for success is whether attendees are watching the speaker or their phones; in Shawn’s case, everyone was decidedly looking up!” Carol Walden, CMP VP, Content & Production, Winsight Events
- “Across the board the feedback received was topnotch; you are certainly an expert in this evolving topic, and a dynamic speaker and presenter. I truly appreciate the time and effort it took to deliver such a great subject.” Alyson R. Jacobs VP, AIG