Technology change and innovation affect every domain of business, changing the face of the industry at an accelerating pace. With the start of a new year, it is often customary to look to the future and try and plan how we can become a better version of ourselves. To help share insights on the future we held a discussion with an INSEAD MBA alumnus who has dedicated his professional life to engineering, the global economy and futuristic fields like transhumanism and life extension. Join us as we discuss the future of work, life, innovation and mindsets.


José Luis Cordeiro is a Venezuelan-Spanish engineer, economist, futurist, and transhumanist, who has worked in different areas including economic development, international relations, and life extension. José is an international fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, vicechair of HumanityPlus, and director of The Millennium Project and graduated from the INSEAD MBA programme in 1991.


01:40 - Tell us who you are, where do you come from and how did you get to where you are today.

02:45 - How did you progress from engineering to studying and predicting the future?

05:14 - Tell us about some of the key highlights in your career.

07:04 -  How do you view the future of the world and what are some of the activities that excite you in the pursuit of a better future for humanity.

11:12 - At a Talk with Google event in 2014 you said to Forget flying cars and robot butlers. The future will be a far more interesting place. Many people may be thinking they cant even imagine a world with flying cars so how can we prepare our lives and our careers for a largely unknown future?

15:29 - How can we find out more about these technologies and future trends? 

17:41 - What changes have you observed over the last couple of years that might signal the future of the workplace?

21:12 - What are some of the skills and mindsets businesses and leaders should be discussing to help themselves prepare for the future?

24:33 - You are also one of the founders of the recent TransVision Future Summit that occurred in Madrid in October. Can you tell us about some of the key topics discussed at the summit and what insights our listeners can take away from these concepts?  

28:56 - How can our listeners prepare for unpredictable change, and learn to lead in tomorrow’s world and understand the future direction of technology?

30:18 - What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?

35:23 - What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world?

40:08 - What resources can listeners use to discover more about the future of work?

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