Past Teleseminars

Future of Tourism

Wednesday August 28, 2013 1-2:30 pm

Traveler curiosity begins with wondering how people outside your area live. What do they eat? What kinds of buildings do they build? What historical, geological, or other landmarks are present? Logistical questions for the tourist soon jockey for attention: How long will it take to get there? Will I need to bring extra sweaters, suntan lotion, or an umbrella? What are the best things to see and do within my budget?

For many cities and even countries, tourism is a significant driver of economic stimulus. When people come to visit, they spend money on hotels, conferences, museums, apparel, vehicle rental, sports equipment, adventure guides, local crafts, and restaurants, of course.

Bill Ringle, well-known business growth strategist and popular facilitator of World Future Society events, will explore with industry experts many questions on the future of tourism, including:

  • What are some of the innovative ways that cities now market and attract tourism and what results have they shown?
  • How will we think of and describe tourism in two decades?
  • How will the tourist profile of 2030 compare to that of 2010? Will retirees in developed countries have the time and discretionary funds to travel?
  • What will the drivers be for tourism in 20 years?
  • What incentives will be employed to attract tourists and which groups will be most desired?
  • What role will virtual tourism play, with the availability of increasingly sophisticated apps and low-cost live video streaming?
  • What transportation breakthroughs are forecast to enable widespread, safe, affordable travel?
  • What social trends (from the emergence of new megacities to the threat of terrorism) will support or dampen tourism?
  • What single political policy change (anywhere in the world) would do the most to make tourism in 2030 more attractive, affordable, or compelling?


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Future of Sports and Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 1-2:30 pm EST

Today, a coach needs to know stats about his players and his competition as a fundamental part of the game. Athletes seek every edge, and the artificial intelligence (AI) underlying the statistical analysis of performance is leading the way to new insights and rapid improvement in results. Everyone from coaches who guide professional athletes down to weekend little league parents got the message from Michael Lewis’ Moneyball.

Successful baseball coaches who gather details on opposing team lineups to inform their choice of pitchers before the first batter steps up to the plate are at level 1 of 10 with today’s technology. Whatever current best practices have evolved in the last twenty years are being eclipsed through the introduction of new software algorithms, psychological assessments, biometric sensors, and other technologies that track an athlete from recruitment through retirement. These systems are growing more comprehensive, accurate, and widespread each year.

Elite athletes who are being groomed for longevity and profitability in sports careers (from college to the pros) use video analysis to design optimum training schedules in conjunction with biometric records; improve the mechanical efficiency of their throws, passes, and serves; and prevent or greatly accelerate recovery from injuries.

In this panel discussion, we will welcome experts from sports medicine, sports psychology, computer science, and professional coaching to weigh in on topics relating to the Future of Sports and AI, such as:

  • What examples characterize the leading edge of AI technology in today’s college sports environment?
  • How effective are the current AI systems for helping train and improve? What are their limitations?
  • What are the human factors related to getting the maximum benefit from AI technologies?
  • What are the prevailing myths surrounding AI and sports?
  • What technology would you most want your favorite athlete/team to have access to in the next 5 years?
  • What are the biggest risks or drawbacks of using AI in sports for athletes and coaches?
  • Where will the lines be drawn so that AI technologies do not give an overwhelming advantage to those who can most afford it, similar to the uneven distribution of player talent?
  • How will the coach’s role change when AI advances to the point where you can predict plays with equal or better accuracy with an iPad app as with a veteran coach?
  • What will prevent sports from becoming too predictable (i.e. less interesting to fans and players alike) with the advance of AI?

Bill Ringle will facilitate this expert panel discussion. Ringle is a nationally known business growth strategist and the popular facilitator of World Future Society events, as well as the author of the upcoming book Cultivating Young Champions: Using the Life Lessons from Tennis to Succeed on the Court, in the Classroom, and Beyond.

How to Access this Teleseminar

Attend this teleseminar from the convenience of your office, home, or anywhere you can dial in to a bridge line and join us for a stimulating panel discussion on the future of sports and AI.

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