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Frank Buytendijk
Distinguished VP and Gartner Fellow Emeritus
10 years at Gartner
23 years IT Industry

Frank Buytendijk covers Data and Analytics, Digital Ethics, #DigitalSociety and Futures Impact. He is also the co-lead of Gartner's Maverick program, the company's incubator for unconventional research. Read Full Bio

The Digitopia Scenarios Revisited

by Frank Buytendijk  |  June 22, 2020

In 2019 we (lead authors Bettina Tratz-Ryan and Frank Buytendijk) published Digitopia 2035, a set of scenarios describing the digital society. The research design we chose was based on crowdsourced storytelling. We asked people around the world to imagine a short story about life in the year 2035.  From there, three interconnected main themes or […]

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False Pandemic Prophets

by Frank Buytendijk  |  April 13, 2020

What will the future bring after the pandemic crisis is over? Will our economy collapse, or will we find a way to resurface and create a more sustainable society? Does the pandemic mark the end of globalization, or will restoring our economies require an even more globalized approach? Will COVID-19 apps be the end of […]

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The meaning of life

by Frank Buytendijk  |  October 7, 2019

Let’s discuss the meaning of life. Yes, in a simple blog posting. Let’s just end all discussion, for once and for all. Hmmm… unlikely this will happen. But there is new relevance to the question of the meaning of life, as artificial intelligence (AI) develops. AI-enabled systems show autonomy to a certain extent. Systems learn […]

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Sustainability is back… but with a twist

by Frank Buytendijk  |  July 2, 2019

The story of globalization because of technology innovation is under pressure. The work we did on future scenarios, called Digitopia, showed that in the future our circles may be getting smaller, instead of bigger. Technoprotection and technonationalism are dictating the agenda. Globalization has been the “bigger picture”, the societal narrative, for the last decades. A […]

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Why do things the hard way?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  December 17, 2018

Each of Yuval Noah Harari’s books are bestsellers. They tackle big questions. “Sapiens” describes the history of humanity. “Sapiens” explores the long term future of mankind. And “21st lessons for the 21st century” looks at our century ahead. In his latest book, about 21 lessons, Harari buys into the promise of algorithms helping us with […]

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Technology and Politics

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 3, 2018

We’re not supposed to talk about three topics in business: sex, religion and politics. Religion and sex, Ok, but politics is unavoidable. What is politics? It is defined as the process of decision making as it applies to members of a group. Usually we then think of government on various levels, such as municipality, state […]

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Digitopia: Be Part Of Defining Our Future #DigitalSociety

by Frank Buytendijk  |  June 19, 2018

Nobody can predict the future, but we are responsible for it. The decisions we make today will shape tomorrow’s digital society. But what do we want the digital society to look like, and what do we think it will look like. Moreover, are those two things the same? Be part of an exciting project, called […]

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What Should Facebook Do?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  April 13, 2018

Zuckerberg did well during the hearings. He did what he had to do, represent his company to the best of his abilities. He did with an admirable patience, answering questions from senators that were mostly not amongst the best informed. “No, we don’t sell data to advertizers”. The whole setup was less than ideal, with […]

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If Only We Were Truly Data-Driven… Or Maybe Not

by Frank Buytendijk  |  March 26, 2018

It is an old argument. “If you have all the data, you catch reality, and you have all the insight you need to fully optimize business.” Wired magazine ran an article called “The End of Theory” arguing this back in 2008 already, and with the digitalization of business the argument is back. With a vengeance. […]

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by Frank Buytendijk  |  March 26, 2018

Sometimes it is needed to take a position. This is one of those moments. While on the global level the winds blow the other direction, new forms of nationalism dominate the news and we try to keep everything that is different out of the door, the important of diversity and inclusion become more and more […]

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