futurist • inventor

author, educator, and broadcaster

Mark’s Bio

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings. Bringing clarity, understanding and insight. From virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication, Mark gives individuals and organisations the tools they need to think effectively about the future, its opportunities, and its disruptions.

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News

Best Columnist winner at the ACS IT Journalism Awards

Best Columnist winner at the ACS IT Journalism Awards

I was humbled and frankly quite surprised to be awarded 'Best Columnist' at the 2018 ACS IT Journalism Awards. Entries
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“User data collection just ‘how Facebook works'” – ABCTV ‘The World’

“User data collection just ‘how Facebook works'” – ABCTV ‘The World’

This week has seen a flurry of stories about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - a topic explored at length in
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“Is the future of autonomous vehicles looking shaky?” on The Project

“Is the future of autonomous vehicles looking shaky?” on The Project

After an autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in Tucson, Arizona - the first such fatality - I went onto The Project
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Radio National: “Data analysis firm harvested information from over 50 million Facebook profiles”

Radio National: “Data analysis firm harvested information from over 50 million Facebook profiles”

My chat with Patricia Karvelas about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and neurotargeting of election campaign advertising in 2016.
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A brief introduction to smart contracts
Expanding Mind podcast “Goodbye Reality”

Expanding Mind podcast “Goodbye Reality”

My longtime friend Erik Davis recently interviewed me for his Expanding Mind podcast, in a long conversation about Facebook, profiling,
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News.com.au “Is Augmented Reality our Future?”

News.com.au “Is Augmented Reality our Future?”

Feature article on News.com.au about Magic Leap, augmented reality - and whether this is all good. Quotes me extensively from
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RNZ Nine to Noon: “Meltdown and Spectre”

RNZ Nine to Noon: “Meltdown and Spectre”

Two of the biggest and most horrifying computer bugs of the 21st century were recently revealed - they affect almost
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Register Feature: “Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game”

Register Feature: “Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game”

A feature about the history and provenance of Apple's TrueDepth camera - amazingly good at recognising faces because it blends
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Register Column: “Talk down to Siri – your safety demands it”

Register Column: “Talk down to Siri – your safety demands it”

We're getting to a time when our voices are being recorded an analysed by smartphones, Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod
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GHVR: Google Home and Our Playful World

GHVR: Google Home and Our Playful World

Nearly twenty years ago I predicted a world where massively connected and massively powerful home VR systems would bring us
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Radio Adelaide: “Are these the last days of reality?”

Radio Adelaide: “Are these the last days of reality?”

On ABC Radio Adelaide's breakfast show, I spoke with hosts Tom and Casey about 'The Last Days of Reality", and
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“The Value of Nothing”

“The Value of Nothing”

What is a Bitcoin really worth? A few months ago, people would have paid nearly AUD $25,000 for one. Today,
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“The Last Days of Reality”

“The Last Days of Reality”

Over the last half of 2017 I wrote an 8000-word article for Meanjin about the confluence of social media, profiling,
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Conversations with Richard Fidler “Facebook and the Last Days of Reality”

Conversations with Richard Fidler “Facebook and the Last Days of Reality”

It was my great pleasure to spend an hour in conversation with the incomparable Richard Fidler, discussing my recent Meanjin
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Register column #69 – An obituary for Moore’s Law

Register column #69 – An obituary for Moore’s Law

The recent Spectre and Meltdown bugs - embedded by design in modern microprocessors - mean performance is going backwards. Moore's
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KIIS ‘Thinkergirls’ on Facebook

On KIIS I was interviewed about Facebook manipulating emotionally vulnerable teenagers...
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“The Project” on Facebook manipulating vulnerable teenagers

“The Project” on Facebook manipulating vulnerable teenagers

  Futurist @mpesce speaks about Facebook being accused of targeting young people when they’re feeling emotionally vulnerable. #TheProjectTV pic.twitter.com/eO5emTNexK — #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv)
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Register Column #52 – “Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?”

Register Column #52 – “Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?”

Many recent conversations with women working in the technology have touched on rampant sexism, misogyny and outright harassment. That's got to
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TWISTA S05E03 – Wyatt Roy and whatever happened to the ideas boom?

TWISTA S05E03 – Wyatt Roy and whatever happened to the ideas boom?

TWISTA Co-hosts Claire Connelly and Mark Pesce in conversation with Wyatt Roy, the former Parliamentarian and Assistant Minister for Innovation,
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RNZ NineToNoon – “The end of Moore’s Law, why nothing works, and retro mobiles”

RNZ NineToNoon – “The end of Moore’s Law, why nothing works, and retro mobiles”

On my regular RNZ spot on "Nine To Noon", I had a nice chat with host Kathryn Ryan about why
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Register Column #51 – “Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information”

Register Column #51 – “Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information”

A few weeks back I watched the final pitch competition for the UTS MBA in Entrepreneurship. The winner -- well
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TWISTA S05E02 – Paul Shetler

TWISTA S05E02 – Paul Shetler

TWISTA Co-host Claire Connelly in conversation with Paul Shetler, the former chief of the Digital Transformation Office (now the Digital
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Register Column #50 – “Kids these days will never understand the value of money”

Register Column #50 – “Kids these days will never understand the value of money”

Inspired by a recent chat with a colleague about her daughter's complete refusal to see money as anything physical -
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TWISTA S05E01 – Startup Muster and Elanation

TWISTA S05E01 – Startup Muster and Elanation

TWISTA opens series 5 with Monica Wulff, CEO of Startup Muster, who goes through all the key points of the
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TWISTA Payments Special 3 – The New Payments Platform

TWISTA Payments Special 3 – The New Payments Platform

TWISTA got the chance to sit down with Adrian Lovney, CEO of NPP Australia Ltd, and Bill Doran, head of
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Register Column #49 – “‘Grey technology’ should be the new black”

Register Column #49 – “‘Grey technology’ should be the new black”

Watching my elderly father struggle with a fiddly smartphone convinced me that we're missing a huge market in devices that
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Register Column #48 – ‘Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017’

Register Column #48 – ‘Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017’

My trip to CES 2017 showed me that the tech sector still leaps before it gives a thought to where
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Keynote – “Hard Yards & Halfway: VR 1990-2040”

Keynote – “Hard Yards & Halfway: VR 1990-2040”

Invited to give the opening keynote at #realityremix in Leichhardt, NSW yesterday, I gave the audience a tour through the
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ABC Radio National Sunday Extra – ‘The Year in Technology’

ABC Radio National Sunday Extra – ‘The Year in Technology’

A free-wheeling conversation with host Jonathan Green and RMIT professor John Lenarcic about what happens when our connected appliances get
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Register Column #47 – “The future often starts as a toy, so don’t shun toy VR this Christmas”

Register Column #47 – “The future often starts as a toy, so don’t shun toy VR this Christmas”

Last week at a Startup Ecosystem Leader's luncheon, I ran into an acquaintance who asked whether he should buy an
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TWISTA S04E17 – Series 4 final with Nicola Hazell, Nicole Williamson & Claire Connelly

TWISTA S04E17 – Series 4 final with Nicola Hazell, Nicole Williamson & Claire Connelly

How do we get more and better women entrepreneurs in Australia's startup ecosystem? SheStarts Managing Director Nicole Hazell tells TWISTA
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TWISTA Payments Special #2 with Andrew Davis, Paul Bennetts & Kaushik Sen

TWISTA Payments Special #2 with Andrew Davis, Paul Bennetts & Kaushik Sen

TWISTA series sponsors Braintree Payments gave TWISTA a brief to do a series of special episodes focusing on payments -
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Register Column #46 – “The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers”

Register Column #46 – “The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers”

The robots have come for me too: Just today I read an article about MogIA, software that analyzes millions of inputs
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Smart Money: How Smartphones and Blockchains Transform the Economy

Smart Money: How Smartphones and Blockchains Transform the Economy

Over the last few years I've done a fair bit of work with the International Finance Corporation, particularly through the SME
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Register Column #45 – Good luck securing ‘things’ when users assume ‘stuff just works’

Register Column #45 – Good luck securing ‘things’ when users assume ‘stuff just works’

There's been a fair number of attacks on the Internet, which are only going to get worse unless we lift out
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Open State: ‘Blockchain & how it will transform our economy’

Open State: ‘Blockchain & how it will transform our economy’

As part of the Open State series in South Australia, I was invited to deliver a number of talk about
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Open State: Future of Money

Open State: Future of Money

Here's a link to the video of my talk "The DNA of the Sharing Economy" for South Australia's Open State
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RadioNZ Nine To Noon – “The sudden coming of VR”

RadioNZ Nine To Noon – “The sudden coming of VR”

On my regular RNZ spot on their "Nine To Noon" broadcast, I had a nice chat with host Kathryn Ryan
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Speaking

“Mark’s capacity to visualise our world beyond the horizon is second to none. There is not one better at identifying new trends and explaining where they could go.  He is captivating presenter.”

Clarity. Insight. Inspiration. Audiences always circle back to these points when describing a Mark Pesce’s gifts as a speaker, storyteller, and explainer. With more than twenty years of experience as a public speaker, educator, and broadcaster, Mark has both the skills to connect with an audience, and the capacity to take that audience on a journey they’ll never forget. Learn more …

Contact

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