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Josh Klein

Passionate hacker of all things

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Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community.

Josh started as a technology hacker in his parent’s basement and ended up working with leaders at the upper echelon of business, government, and internet security. Along the way it became clear that a tipping point in new technology was changing commerce as we knew it in a myriad of ways.

From black market economies to cryptocurrencies impact on Web 3.0, from the radical departures in exchange and marketing enabled by Big Data to the as-yet-unrealized impact of 3D printing and the Internet of Things, Josh has specialized in translating technology insights into actionable strategies for business leaders.


AI is revolutionizing businesses worldwide since ChatGPT’s emergence in November 2022, and its impact is just beginning. This thought-provoking presentation offers practical insights on how AI is reshaping industries, transforming markets, and creating new imperatives for leaders. Real-world examples will illustrate the tangible benefits of AI, including increased efficiency, cost reduction, and enhanced productivity. We will also address ethical considerations, job displacement concerns, and biases, highlighting the importance of a responsible, human-centered approach to AI implementation.

Come explore how AI disrupts traditional markets, compelling leaders to adapt to stay competitive. Attendees will gain insights into fostering a culture of continuous learning and upskilling, empowering employees in an AI-driven world. Furthermore, we will emphasize the critical role of leaders in driving innovation, fostering collaboration between humans and AI systems, and inspiring purpose amidst technological change.


In 2011 economist Tyler Cowen published “The Great Stagnation,” arguing that the American economy had reached a historical technological plateau which contributed to stagnation in the median American wage since 1973.

In 2020 he argued that it was over. In the last year alone we have seen world-changing advances in technologies as diverse as AI and medicine and from drones to data analytics. The dynamism and disruption caused by these new capabilities hasn’t even begun to be felt as, unseen by most behind the screen of the pandemic, fast-moving new companies are taking these technologies and running with them.

Drawing on his personal experiences on the front lines of E-Commerce, Mobile, and Cloud Computing as they emerged, Josh Klein walks your audience through key identifiers of transformative tech. By providing a framework for spotting trends, identifying opportunity, and shaping strategy, listeners will emerge vastly better prepared to make astute choices around emerging technology going forward.

The disruptions we’ve seen technology produce in the past had harbingers which mostly happened linearly. They happened, ironically, in a period of innovation draught. Now we’re facing more cumulative opportunity and risks, with bigger impact and faster onset, and we’re looking at them happening all at once.

Hang on to your hats and bring a notepad – this is going to be a wild ride!


Distributed sensor networks (i.e., the IoT + AI) are changing how people live, what they buy, and how they relate. But nobody is closely examining what happens when you mix them together. This talk explores the two main sociopolitical directions that are taking off in exploiting the impossibly powerful mix of real-time, where-you-are algorithmic intelligence – and what it means for your business.


Cybersecurity has evolved from lone wolves duking it out in sparse online forums to massively parallel cyber industrial complexes manned by nation states. As our attack surfaces shifted from individual servers to cloud infrastructures, from zero-day one-offs to massively sophisticated media ecologies, corporations became the sacrificial lambs.

The reason for this is people. Because the arms race between state actors has driven the speed and scale of cyberattacks to unprecedented new heights, increasingly the easiest way “in” is the soft squishy middle – the human element.

Come learn how evolving AI and analytical engines are producing insights into human manipulation at an incredible new level. Josh Klein walks you through the frightening – and myriad – ways in which corporations, countries, and common thieves are exploiting your very nature to change your behavior and steal your stuff.

Forewarned is forearmed – don’t miss the chance to get ahead of potential attackers (and competitors) in using emerging technologies both defensively and ethically.


We’re all familiar with the hiring conundrum – top talent is impossible to find or keep and bad apples are impossible to remove. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Come learn what the rise of the gig economy and changing expectations from truly innovative employees can mean for your organization, from exploiting synchronies in cross-compatible currencies to aligning meaning and motivation.


The question is… how? From the gig economy to fully automated luxury capitalism, society is only just starting to respond to the tidal wave of disruption new technologies represent. Dig into the impact AI, Robotics, and Biologicals will have on your job and the work of your employees, and learn how to get ahead of the risk – and your competition – in maximizing the under-considered opportunities the shift to hyper-human skilling represents.


We know we’re more predictable than we suspect, but what does the scale and scope of data about us – as employees and consumers – mean for the evolution of business? Learn about the responsibilities this will entail, the risks of getting it wrong, and how to positively bring the impending era of hyper personalized modeling to bear on your existing (and future) markets.

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