Future-Proofing the State of Kentucky

On July 20, Futurist Jack Uldrich joined Carl Bernstein and Mark Halperin in addressing the 12th Annual Business Summit for Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce in Lexington.

According to a study the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville, between 2015 and 2040, the population of Kentucky is projected to increase by 10.4 percent (from 4,425,092 to 4,886,381.) That will be a gain of 461,289 people.

Global futurist Jack Uldrich says the population increase alone is enough of a reason for State leaders and Chamber of Commerce members to shift their mindset from linear thinking to exponential leap taking.

"If you don't have time to think about the future of Kentucky, who does?"

Jack Uldrich, Futurist and Keynote Speaker

On July 20, Jack Uldrich spoke to the 12th Annual Business Summit for Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce.  He opened the event delivering his keynote How to Future Proof Kentucky Against the Top Trends Transforming Tomorrow.  Mark Halperin and  Carl Bernstein also addressed the group in the evening.

At the event, the Chamber of Commerce asked questions like what decisions must be made for Kentucky to move forward.

One of the most provocative questions asked was Uldrich's question to the leaders, "If you don't have time to think about the future of Kentucky, who does?"

It is the largest type of event of its kind in Kentucky, and the audience consisted of politicians, business leaders, and policies makers from around the state. 

Among the top tech trends, Uldrich foresees having the most impact on Kentucky are The Internet of Things, Renewable Energy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Massive Open On Line Courses (MOOCs), among others.

With Kentucky still being a largely agricultural state, Uldrich said AI would influence farmers significantly. 

"In the past year," says Uldrich, "the field of artificial intelligence has made startling advances. Soon, IBM, Monsanto, and Google will push these advances into agriculture by helping farmers make sense of the growing amount of satellite, tractor and field data. In the process, they will increase their yields and profits by telling them how precisely to plant their crops, and when exactly to apply water and fertilizer."

Jack Uldrich has addressed the US Chamber of Commerce, The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, The Future of North Carolina Forum, the Savannah Economic Development Agency, the Downtown Council of Minneapolis, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Downtown Development Agency, and the Urban Land Institute.

He is a frequent speaker on unlearning, change management, and technological advances in energy and utilities, manufacturing, education, healthcare, retail, and finance. He has addressed audiences on five continents, most recently traveling to South Africa to speak at The Future of Health Summit in Johannesburg. 

Parties interested in more information on Jack, his upcoming engagements and writing may view his website here.

Source: Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning