Anders Sörman-Nilsson on Predicting an Unpredictable Future

Anders Sorman-Nilsson, futurist, was recently interviewed on how he helps his clients on predicting an unpredictable future, and his insights on how to stay ahead of the game.

“We work with our clients to present scenarios that will help them prepare for the future. So, some level of imagination, innovation and creativity helps. But it’s also based on stringent data sets and the extrapolation of current trends. In that sense, it’s not so different to an analyst trading on the futures exchange.We use demographics, along with primary and secondary sources from around the world, to look at where the trends show us where we’re headed.”

“The trap with predicting an unpredictable future is what psychologists refer to as “betrayal blindness”– refusing to accept the evidence in front of you because it is too unpalatable.”

“Sörman-Nilsson uses Artificial Intelligence (AI)as a key example. Specifically, how a law firm in London has used AI to significantly reduce the time required to draft a contract. His point? If you’reworking in an Australian law firm, it’s time to start considering now how AI will impact your career. Because it’s coming.

“I would say one of the biggest disruptive forces over the next 10 to 20 years will be the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, which will do for our brains what robots have already done for our brawn,” he says. That means white-collar work will be as impacted as blue-collar work. Accountants,lawyers, doctors – the people who listened to their parents and got a good degree and a strong career – a lot of that work will be done by Artificial Intelligence. “A firm in London has a system called margin matrix, and they’ve been able to reduce the amount of time to draft a contract from three hours,using a human worker, to three minutes using AI. And if you’re paying your lawyer in six-minute increments,which of those would you prefer?” he asks.”


Read more about Anders’ views here

Anders Sorman-NilssonAnders Sorman-Nilsson is a reformed lawyer, and the founder and creative director of the Sydney and Stockholm based research company – Thinque. His unique global perspectives have been helping leaders, teams, and business owners in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia make sense of and harness disruptive trends in innovations, generations and communications. His misfit insights have recently been manifested in his book Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking and amplified by endorsements via AFR Boss Magazine, Wired (UK), and Monocle.

Anders has advised clients like Apple, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, SAP, McCann Erickson, CPA Australia, UTS Business School and Macquarie Bank on navigating the constantly shifting business landscape and how to successfully enter a new decade of thinking.

Anders’ speaking topics include:

  • ‘Future Thinking: your organisation’s success GPS’
  • ‘Thought Leaders: the brands of the future’
  • ‘Innovation Intersections: tapping diversity in thinking’
  • ‘Waves of change: three global trends that will be disrupting your slumber’
  • ‘Misfits: leading cross-generational teams’

Contact us if you would like to have Anders Sorman-Nilsson at your next conference.