Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World

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Today I’m bringing you the audio version of a talk I gave at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam earlier this year on a topic that’s top of mind for many of us, which is the rise of AI and automation and the implications it may have for our careers – whether you’re a truck driver or a radiologist or a graphic designer, you’ve probably had a moment in the past year or two where you saw a news piece and asked yourself – “whoa – is a computer or a robot gonna put me out of a job?”

I get it, because I’ve had that moment myself and it was scary as hell. But – as I’ll explain in detail in the talk – I believe that while there are many valid concerns about how technology will change our lives, it’s ultimately a tremendous opportunity for humanity – one that can and will unlock a tidal wave of creativity IF we as a species can make a few small adjustments to our thinking.

So if, like so many of us, you’ve wondered if a robot or an algorithm is going to take your job, this talk is for you – and hopefully by the end of it, you’ll be as optimistic about the future as I am.


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Dustin Gurley is an Designer, Developer, Artist, Instructor, Critical Theorist and Systems Engineer. He has an extensive background working professionally with 2D/2.5D/3D Motion Graphics, Compositing, Film, Video, Photography and client-side performance techniques as it pertains to web development. Dustin recently completed work on his Master of Fine Art degree in Motion Media Design (Motion Graphics) from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to beginning his graduate work, Dustin obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Broadcast and Emerging Media from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to design and modeling, Dustin enjoys toying with his view camera, working with scratch film, authoring media related material and contributing to various industry conferences. When not in front of a computer, Dustin can be found with his wife, Regina Everett Gurley. The couple enjoys dividing their time between their home just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina and the beautiful North Carolina coast. Currently, Dustin serves as the Lead Instructor of Internet Technologies for Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.