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David Birch – The future of work and society

How is innovation driving a new world of convenience, transparency and simplification that we’ll all love? David explores how a world with more choice and lower prices puts the customer in charge.

To find out more watch David’s talk below and you can click here to download his slide presentation. 

Twitter: @dgwbirch

Who is he?

David is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronics transactions consultancy he helped to found), a Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School.


What’s his mission?

David is an internationally recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money, and was named in the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine.


Which of his books should I read?

”Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us” looks at how technology is changing the nature of money from physical objects to intangible information. It’s been described as “brilliant” and a “tour de force that should be read by anyone who is interested in the past, present and future of money” by Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology at LSE.


Interesting fact?

Moving ahead from fingerprint scanning, a supermarket at Brunel University has become the first in the world to allow shoppers to pay for groceries using the vein pattern in their fingers to identify themselves.


Best quote

“There are virtually no daily occasions when we have to prove who we are: in general, we are being asked to prove that we are entitled to do something, which is an entirely different issue.”