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Get ready for things to change fast, says futurist

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Gerd Leonhard
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Gerd Leonhard , a Swiss futurist and humanist, will deliver the 2017 Rewoldt Lecture Oct. 26 at Mayo Clinic.

The topic is "The Future of Technology and Its Impact on Direct Democracy." Leonhard has been listed by Wired magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Europe. His work focuses on the future of humanity and technology. He regards data as the new oil and artificial intelligence as the new electricity. "I predict humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years," said Leonhard, who lives in Zurich.

The program is at 6:30 p.m. in Philips Hall of the Siebens Building. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested to the Delores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic, humanitiesrochester@mayo.edu.

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