Byron Reese / bī-rən /
2: CEO of the AI company JJ Kent; obtained or has pending numerous patents in disciplines as varied as crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics
3: Expert on artificial intelligence, blockchain and the transformative effect of technology on the workplace
4: Author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War” (2013) & “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity” (2018) and “WASTED: How Humans Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources, and What to Do About It” due out in 2021 from Random House.
5: Served on both public and private boards of directors; founded several non-profit organizations; Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University with a degree in Honors Economics
IN GOOD COMPANY
Speaking across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.
As a futurist, he understands the unprecedented technological change upon us and explores the dramatic transformation of society it will bring. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he knows how to manage change and inspire innovation, while still meeting the immediate obligations and realities of operating a business.
Byron has speaks around world to both technical and non-technical audiences, and his keynotes and appearances include SXSW, TEDx Austin, Google, Nvidia, FedEx and Fortune 1000 companies (Dell Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Oticon, Swisslog) and universities Rice (University of Texas, Queen’s University, TWU) and futurist conferences (TimeMachine, PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, Wolfram Data Summit, and the IEEE Conference) among others.
Byron has enjoyed a wide range of success over 30 years, including two NASDAQ IPOs as well as the sale of three companies he founded.
Today Byron is the CEO of JJ Kent, a venture-backed technology company using proprietary AI tools to create new products that delight consumers. Byron has served on numerous public and private boards and presently resides on the board of directors for GigaOm, a technology research and analysis firm focused on helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.
A highly sought-after keynote speaker, enlightening attendees across nations, Byron is an in-demand forward thinker in his field.
WASTED: How Humans Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources, and What to Do About It due out in 2021 from Random House.
Byron’s book, “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War”, explores the intersection of history, technology and the future.
Addressing audiences across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it.
Byron’s newest release: “The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging.” —The New York Times
As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species.
Articles & Interviews
- “How We Will Age,” National Geographic, January 2015, page 5
- “How Technology will End Poverty,” Swisslog ‘Inspiration Issue’, January 2015, page 10
- How AI Will Transform the Enterprise of Tomorrow
- The Peril of Inaction with Artificial Intelligence
- Interview with Stephen Wolfram on AI and the future
Byron Reese presented to our professional organization of about 200. Prior to the event, Byron conferred with me twice to construct a thorough understanding of the audience and my desires for the presentation. The ultimate delivery was a 45-minute talk that engaged my audience, making complex subjects not only relatable to the crowd but topical to their business environment. Byron delivered what he promised: a customized presentation that provided an insightful and uplifting backdrop to further discussion on technological trends. I am very grateful that Byron stayed after the presentation to meet the audience and offer autographs to everyone. We look forward to working with Byron again!
-Brent Dohogne, President, AZ CPCU Society
Byron kicked-off our event with a great, future-focused Keynote presentation, giving us his predictions for technology’s influence on small business lending. Attendees enjoyed his well-informed outlook for our industry and continued the conversation for the duration of the conference. Both engaging and informative, I would recommend Byron as a speaker for anyone hosting a similar event.
-Curtis C., VP Marketing for Orion First, host of the Small Business Lending Forum
Byron was awesome! His session has gotten very positive feedback on our post-meeting survey, and it’s been fun to hear references to his presentation come up in meetings over the past week. And as a communicator I’m still in awe of his deck. So awesome!
-Sarah. S., JP Morgan
It was a pleasure having Byron Reese on our campus.
Not only was his presentation to nearly 400 faculty stimulating and well-received, he also was personable and generous with his time in discussing ideas with faculty before and after the presentation. Byron’s visionary approach and dynamic style provided an instant connection to the audience.
-Robert Neely, Professor of Biology, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas Woman’s University
Byron’s talk was spectacular. He took the time to speak with me in advance about our event and crafted a presentation that perfectly fit our theme. He kept the audience engaged throughout the presentation both through the thought provoking topics he discussed as well as the visual images he included. On top of all this, he was exceptionally easy to work with before, during and after his presentation. He truly made my job easier.
–Kevin Houser, P.E., Director, IP Strategy, Johnson & Johnson
Byron was an absolute hit and everyone truly enjoyed hearing his insights on the intersection of history, technology and our future. His passion and energy on the subject matter is unmatched! Further, we greatly appreciated all of the time he spent with our team and guests.
-Patience Baldwin, Crestone Capital Advisors