Tech Trends to watch with Finland’s Minister of the Future, Stefan Lindström

Stefan Lindström  is Finland’s Ambassador to Technology and Digitization with a global mandate to address the issues that arise from the expansion of digital technology into the economy, society and government. Statesmanship today is not limited to trade and defense issues, it now includes cybersecurity and extraterritorial regulation of software platforms.

Topics discussed in this episode: the tension between markets and public policy; the implications of the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act and other EU regulations; the consequences of META’s $400+ million GDPR fine; the 40X increase in the number of lobbyists for the technology industry; tax avoidance by big tech; the USA’s inability to enact regulation of digital markets.

The prospect of a global regulatory alliance; why data is the new plutonium; China’s looming demographic challenge; why the profit motive may be a fundamental flaw in globalized corporations; how converging planetary-scale issues are driving a philosophical shift for humanity.

Tech Trends to watch with Finland’s Minister of the Future, Stefan Lindström

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Brett King is a world-renowned entrepreneur, futurist, speaker, international bestselling author, and media personality. China’s President Xi Jinping cited his book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane on the topic of Artificial Intelligence in his 2018 national address; the same book that was listed as a Top 10 non-fiction book in North America. In 2019 his book Bank 4.0 was awarded the Top Book by a Foreign Author in Russia for that year.

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In 2021, Mr. Tercek was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year by the Media Excellence Awards for his leadership in designing and launching COVID SMART, an interactive training program designed to keep workers safe on the job during the pandemic.

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