innovation & creativity | November 16, 2015

Tom Wujec Talks on Disruption, Robo-Economics, & Information Technology

Tom Wujec—Chief Disruptor at Autodesk, and world-renowned innovator—dropped by The Lavin office in Toronto to speak about his current research, work, and keynote topics. In particular, he spoke about new disruptive technologies and creation processes: everything from the 3D printing of luxury goods to large-scale mapping software for city planners to innovations in dental surgery.

New digital and information technology—growing exponentially, and increasingly cheap—is revolutionizing the way we imagine, manufacture, and distribute products, from cars to shoes, movies to skyscrapers. And such widespread change produces what Wujec calls the VUCA effect: volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous. This entails a destabilizing, disrupting, and democratizing force that requires new skills and understandings to adapt to it—human concerns, ultimately. And some of Wujec's most profound insights center on human creativity, capacity, and workflow.

In these video excerpts, Wujec discusses what happens when human and robotic workflows intersect—and how while some employees in certain industries might be able to retain their jobs, others will certainly be disrupted. He outlines how capitalizing on emerging digital technology can mean incredible success, while refusing to adapt can spell the end. And he stresses how information technology has untold repercussions for nearly every sector: manufacturing, real estate, media, transportation, retail, education, finance, entertainment, healthcare—the list goes on. This makes Wujec a versatile and an invaluable guide for all industries facing such widespread transformations.

Wujec is celebrated for his talks on innovation: why it matters, why it is a vital engine of economic growth (especially today), and how to foster it within any organization—from plucky startups to billion-dollar legacy companies. To book Tom Wujec as the keynote speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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