Pioneers in digital leadership, passing new frontiers

On 23 January, the ‘Pioneers in digital leadership’ conference was held in Brussels, an event organized by in collaboration with Febelfin, Agoria and the Singularity University. During this one-day meeting, several internationally renowned top speakers of the Singularity University focused on how leadership will influence exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and digital biology.

Based at the campus of the NASA Research Center in Silicon Valley, Singularity University is dedicated to helping leaders understand and apply exponentially accelerating technologies to create the future we want to live in. Its mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to leverage exponential technologies to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges.

Over 100 Belgian CEOs become pioneers in digital leadership

With a great line-up of speakers and an auditorium packed with more than 100 enthusiastic decision-makers, all those attending gained many fascinating insights into how exponential technologies can and will change our world and businesses in the future. The event provided a ten-hour crash course on artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital manufacturing, biotechnology in business and… exonomics.


To see more cartoons of the event, created by the amazing Belgian graphical artist Kristof Braekeleire, click here.

Guests of honour Hod Lipson and VRT NWS

The keynote speaker at the event was Hod Lipson, a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of several award-winning books. Hod Lipson’s work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, which has gained widespread media coverage, challenges conventional views of robotics. He has co-founded four companies and is a frequent keynoter at both industry and academic events.

During the morning session, Hod Lipson explained the importance of artificial intelligence and how it will transform our future. VRT NWS then seized the opportunity of interviewing Professor Lipson while he was in Belgium for our event. Read the article (in Dutch) and consult the VRT NWS video feed.

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Pioneers in digital leadership, passing new frontiers