Jim Stolze

Metaverse, Web 3.0 & Digital Society

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Jim Stolze | Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
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Global Grand Challenges

How can we seize the opportunity and make sure that exponential technologies are used in a positive way, solving our grandest challenges in the process? Jim Stolze will educate us on what it means to be an exponential leader. How we can embrace change, grow, live our purpose and start making a difference.

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Some say it is the ultimate fantasy for hardcore gamers. Others will argue that it is a brilliant smokescreen from Mark Zuckerberg. And there is a group of people that predict that this will finally fix the problems that Web 2.0 brought along: Web 3.0, or the Metaverse. But what does this mean for businesses? What can we learn from the experiments by Heineken, Gucci and Nike so far? Jim Stolze will take you for a rollercoaster ride across the latest developments so that you can decide for yourself.

The World In 2030 We are living in extraordinary times. Technology is changing the way we live, work and find our place in the universe.

  • What will the work look like in 2030?
  • What if Artificial Intelligence took over the boring, dull parts of your life?
  • What if Blockchain technology could distribute wealth in a fair and inclusive way?
  • What will happen when energy becomes free?
  • What if nanotechnology and genomics transform healthcare in a way that lets you live longer, healthier and maybe push back dying in your late 150-ties?

Tech-entrepreneur Jim Stolze takes you on a journey to the world in 2030. Based on his research with Singularity University (Mountain View, California) and his experience in building the world’s first agency for artificial intelligence, he combines scientific insights, macro trends with a large dose of humor and entertainment.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – it is said to be the most disruptive technology of our life-time. But what is it? And what is the current state of the art? After this talk participants understand the difference between rule based systems and machine learning. They can explain how deep learning works and why this is important for Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. Also a framework for ethical AI is introduced and explained.

Artificial Intelligence – from hype to value A very popular master class on what Artificial Intelligence really is (and what it’s not), this is basically a tour across the AI landscape. Clear explanations of several machine learning algorithms, applications of natural language processing, voice, deep learning and computer vision. The principles behind Responsible Data Science and a framework for Ethics will be addressed.

Hand-on Machine Learning. Most companies are data-rich but information poor. How do change this? Jim explains the different flavors of machine learning using the Machine Learning Canvas. Participants can use their own datasets and challenges to fill in the canvas for their teams / organization. The result is an action based plan for a new machine learning application.

Artificial Intelligence is not Sci-Fi. it’s already here. Machine learning is a power tool to leverage your data. iOT bridges the physical elements of your company to the virtual realm. With big data comes great responsibility.


  1. Is Artificial Intelligence an exponential technology?
  2. What is machine learning?
  3. What are some applications of machine learning algorithms?
  4. What kind of data is needed for these models?
  5. How does iOT fit in?
  6. What data does iOT provide?
  7. How can you build businesses on iOT and ML principles?
  8. Ethical concerns / frameworks

The robots are coming! They run our factories and help doctors make better decisions. But what is the current state of the art? And what are the possible downsides? After this talk, participants understand the difference between rule based systems and machine learning. They can explain how deep learning works and why this is important for Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. Also a framework for ethical AI is introduced and explained.

In 2011 Jim Stolze had his DNA sequenced by an American company. Since then he has discovered many new things about his family, his personal health and that around the world many people are already using software to “re-write the code of life”. This is a very intimate story, that will impress the participants as much as it will spark a lively debate!

Consumer DNA testing (advanced)

Millions of people across the globe already had their DNA digitized by companies like 23andMe or MyHeritage.com. It is expected that two years from now this will be so cheap that everyone will do it. This is going to have huge implications on how we’ll live, what we eat and how we pay for health-insurance. In a humorous, thought provoking talk Jim Stolze will show from personal experience what this future might look like.

We are living in extraordinary times. Never before have computing power and connectivity been so ubiquitous. Literary anyone with an internet connection has the power to start, build and grow a business. Data will be the driver of such a business and intelligence will be the defining factor. Without data you’re just another person with an opinion, but with big data, artificial intelligence AND human empathy you can really make the difference.

Jim Stolze is a tech entrepreneur located at Amsterdam Science Park. Together with students and PHD’s he builds next generation companies, using the power of exponential technologies (genomics, neuroscience, biotech, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology) and creative thinking. Jim Stolze is a faculty member of Singularity University and was named one of the twelve TED.com ambassadors worldwide.

How do you lead in exponential times? Technology is one thing, but how can you scale the organization? The winners of tomorrow are the companies that can learn the quickest. How can you empower your teams to experiment. How can you incentivize learning, failing and sharing? Learn the attributes of the most successful exponential organizations.

Technology is great, but real change comes from humans. Just like digital transformation is more about transformation than about digital. How do you build a culture around agility? How to you organize for continuous change? What kind of new skills are required? Based on the book Exponential Organizations, this talk gives you new inspiration and concrete do’s and don’ts to scale your enterprise!

Part 1: WOW
Jim will start with a cool story on digital genomics. How this exponential technology is shaking things up in healthcare, energy and the material science. This disruption comes with great threats and opportunities. This will open the minds of the audience.

Part 2: HOW
Every organization is dealing with two or more of those ‘disruptions’. Jim will highlight 12 domains where we see exponential growth. These are domains where the biggest impact (positive or negative) can be expected. Exponential organizations are using such technologies together with new methodologies / mindsets to create not 10% growth but 10X.

Part 3: NOW
In the third part of his talk Jim will zoom into the one technology that will have the most impact: Artificial Intelligence. He will give an update on the current state of this technology and how this will change the way we live, work and organize.

  • Why is there a Singularity University?
  • Exponential growth as set in in Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns
  • Humans and organizations think linearly… it’s hard to keep up with exponential change
  • What are exponential technologies (examples + applications)
  • 6D’s framework from Peter Diamandis
  • Ways to deal with disruption (drawing from the ExO book)
  • Leadership

What does exponential mean? And more importantly, how does it feel and what could the impact be? After this talk the participants understand the concept of exponential growth; they can identify exponentially growing technologies; and can apply the concept of the 6D’s to these developments. The concepts of Moonshot (10X) and the Grand Challenges will be addressed.

This is an upgrade of the classic “Intro to Exponentials”. Most people already understand the difference between linear and exponential thinking. With this talk they get the latest updates on exponential technologies and new insights on how this relates to business models and societal challenges. Is Quantum Computing on your radar? Why is 5G about more than just connectivity? And what are GANS?


Jim Stolze (Artificial Intelligence) is a tech-entrepreneur located at Amsterdam Science Park. As one of Singularity University’s accredited faculty members, Jim speaks to diverse groups around the world on topics like Artificial Intelligence, Exponential Leadership and Digital Ethics. From 2009 – 2016 Jim Stolze was selected as one of the twelve ambassadors for TED.com worldwide. Under his leadership TEDx events (including TEDxAmsterdam) were organized, generating in total millions of pageviews for European ideas and winning numerous awards.

In 2016 he decided to focus all his attention to a new adventure. His company Aigency is a fast-growing company that offers Artificial Intelligence solutions to clients like Heineken and the Ministry of Health. A graduate of VU University Amsterdam, Jim Stolze earned his MBA-degree at Lemniscaat Business School and completed the course “Artificial Intelligence; implications for Business and Strategy” at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).