Canton Speaks on Education, Technology and Innovation

In conjunction with Georgia Tech's Strategic Planning Process, global futurist James Canton will speak to the campus community next week.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ferst Center for the Arts, Canton will address "Higher Education, Technology, Innovation, and a Look into the Future," followed by a discussion with questions from the audience. There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.

Recognized as a leading authority on future trends, Canton advises the Global Fortune 1000 on innovation, financial services, health care, population, energy, security, and globalization. A renowned author and keynote presenter, his latest book is "The Extreme Future: The Top Trends that Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century."

In his book, Canton outlines the 10 major trends of the "extreme future" — nanotechnology, alternative energy, innovation and technology and climate change — many of which are the same disciplines Tech is examining as the Institute charts a course for its next 25 years.

Canton is CEO and chairman for the Institute for Global Futures, a think tank he founded in 1990. Clients include IBM, British Petroleum, Intel, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, and FedEx. In addition to advising three presidential administrations, he also works with the National Science Foundation and MIT's Media Lab Europe.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.