• THEO PRIESTLEY

     

     

     

     

    ANTIFUTURIST, SPEAKER, WRITER

     

  • About Theo

    The world's first and only antifuturist.

    Hi, I’m Theo Priestley.

     

    I've spoken around the world at industry conferences and advised clients, written a load of articles for a variety of publications, on technology trends and their impact on society and business. Whether it affects us personally, or disrupts sectors including healthcare, education, energy, manufacturing, I help shine a little light into those dark places.

     

    In the beginning I was a strong technology advocate and industry commentator, having held Vice President and Chief Evangelist positions at large, global enterprise software companies and spent time as an independent futurist but over the years having analysed and watched the trends take over I've realised that some of the paths taken are not the best.

     

    These are exciting times to be living in but futurism isn't as strong as it once was, and its impact on providing foresight into the dangers of making the wrong decisions in technology and policy that affect every aspect of business and humanity is at its weakest.

     

    Hence, I'm an antifuturist. I seek to reexamine how the future should look through a hyper-critical lens, rather than hype.

     

    Technology creates opportunities wherever you look, but it also generates threats beyond anything we've imagined to date.

     

    Oddly enough, dystopian science fiction is not an instruction manual for Silicon Valley to follow, and yet here we are.

     

  • Consulting

    The antithesis of a management consultant.

    From time to time I consult with organisations and brands to help them understand what the future may hold, how technology can disrupt their business and operations, and what the impact of technology could lead to if left unchecked.

     

    It's a sort of anti-think tank consultancy kind of service, where I'll tell you exactly what you don't want to hear because what you do want to hear isn't worth much no matter how high a price you've paid someone to say it.

     

    Formerly, I used to mentor startups in tech accelerators such as Alchemist and HTC ViveX. However, I still give guest lectures at Columbia University - School of Professional Studies.

  • Highlights

    A selection of some of my more popular published articles and conference appearances discussing emerging trends and technologies.

    TEDx

    "Would you be happy to follow a robot leader?"

    A question posed at this TEDx talk on living in a future with Artificial Intelligence, and where it may lead humanity next.

    WIRED

    "Everything is connected in the Internet of Things", a little WIRED piece I wrote a few years back.

    Forbes

    "AI and IOT are inseperable."

     

    A piece on Forbes considering a future where AI and IOT live hand in hand.

    Bosch C-World

    "Building a connected world."

     

    Keynote address at Bosch Connected World, discussing and asking the question, 'just who are we building this new world for?'

  • Humblebragging

    Don't just take my word for it.

    SVP, HPE

    This is a tough recommendation to write, because it's going to come off sounding like a paid advertisement - but it simply reflects the incredible talent and experience that Theo brings to the table.

    Conference Manager, IDC

    His assessment by the audience was best among all the rest of speakers. He grabs attention of delegates with highly professional content, combined with humor great energy and outstanding presentation skills.

    Director, Pegasystems

    Theo is a man on a mission, he knows his stuff inside out and when he opens his mouth, you really ought to sit up and listen.

    MD, Berkeley PR

    Theo is one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure ofworking with. He deeply understands technology but more importantly how it can impact the lives of business and people.

    MD, Deloitte Digital

    His opinions on industry trends and market activity are well respected & despised at the same time, making him a true industry influencer.

    CEO, Elements.Cloud

    He challenges the status quo and therefore plays a vital role in driving innovation and thought leadership in the industry.

    CTO, Pegasystems

    I had more creative ideas from Theo in 6 months than I have had in 6 years from most people. Working with Theo can be a white knuckle ride, fast, exhillerating and fun.

    Director, Wipro Digital

    He can process a few bits of information, do the necessary research, get a vision of a big picture and quickly form a pretty strong opinion of his own. And what's even better, that opinion is nursed in an open mind and is not hard-coded.

  • Contact Theo

    Feel free to get in touch for consulting, speaking or writing engagements.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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