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In the News by the GeoTech Center

Jun 30, 2021

Zarkadakis in Fortune: How selling our personal data can fund universal basic income

In the News by the GeoTech Center

UBI used to be a fringe idea, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put it firmly in the spotlight. The trillions of dollars spent on both sides of the Atlantic to keep people out of the office during lockdowns have been a massive experiment in UBI. So where do we go from here?

Technology & Innovation

GeoTech Cues by George Zarkadakis

Jun 23, 2021

How to secure smart cities through decentralized digital identities

GeoTech Cues by George Zarkadakis

At the recent G7 meeting in Cornwall, there was a consensus among democratic nations to offer viable alternatives to autocrats and autocratic governments. One of the areas where such an alternative can be clearly demonstrated is in smart cities.

China Digital Policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nov 12, 2020

Data Trusts: The key to better AI

In the News by Atlantic Council

"The journey to becoming a data-driven organization fit for the emerging AI economy is long and arduous. Data trusts are an opportunity for collaboration between organizations to make that journey faster, less costly, and less risky. And they can make data-monetization rewards more handsome by co-developing marketable AI applications and giving third parties controlled access to members’ data. Moreover, as we discovered during our pilot, a data trust can also help inspire creativity, cross-functional collaboration, and innovation, and can attract digital talent. As wearables, smart appliances, and 5G networks proliferate and combine into the “Intelligent Internet of Things,” data sharing and collaboration will become the norm. Data trusts can help companies make the leap to this new era."

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

George leads Willis Towers Watson’s consulting practice in Great Britain on the Future of Work and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on business and society. He has over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, media, marketing and communications; as well as in digital strategy and innovation as a founder, advisor, and investor in technology startups.

George is an active science communicator, journalist and author, having founded the most successful popular science magazine in Southeast Europe, organized numerous public events for citizen engagement with science and science policy across the world, and written extensively for television and various print and digital media, including Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Guardian. For his international work on citizen engagement with science he has received a knighthood from France.

He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine from City University, London, and is the author of “In Our Own Image: will Artificial Intelligence Save Us or Destroy Us?” (Rider Books, Pegasus Books).  His new book “Cyber Republic: reinventing democracy in the age of intelligent machines” is published by MIT Press. He has also written several novels, poetry and plays.