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The Shift to the Human Platform

The September 2018 LEF Study Tour was designed to provide a thought-provoking investigation of the concept of The Human as a Platform and how it applies to individuals and organizations. We based the tour around two centres of technological innovation, starting in Palo Alto then shifting to Seattle. LEF welcomed a group of curious and creative learners from a diverse range of roles and industries whose varied experiences allowed them to constructively challenge each other’s thinking in what proved to be a fascinating learning experience.

The aim of this study tour was to examine how the boundary between work and life is blurring due to the continued development of the digital infrastructure that LEF has defined as ‘the Matrix’, which supports and leverages these changes by seeing the entire ‘virtual you’. Our research into consumerization has shown us that the technology industry’s centre of gravity is coalescing around the workplace and workforce of the future, and technology is increasingly being brought to bear directly on the human brain and body, making the Human as a Platform a reality.


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Lewis Richards
Lewis Richards is the former researcher and self-styled Digital Chef for Leading Edge Forum.  He was responsible for research into Pro-active, Haptic Sensing and bringing additional value to clients as Head of our 21st Century Human Upgrade Programme Advisory practice, enabling clients to build hands-on digital skills.  Lewis’ most recent publications are the Technology Trends and Me video series; AI & Me,  Automation & Me and VR & Me which provide insights on today's emerging trends as we try to make sense of the world around us. Prior to this, Lewis authored the report The Field Engineer of the Future – An LEF Xperience Lab Case Study. Lewis is a seasoned IT leader having spent 16 years working for CSC where he performed a number of UK and International roles within Financial Service and the Corporate Office of Innovation.  Lewis managed the European Innovation Centre for CSC and worked with clients and partners to showcase Next Gen technologies whilst articulating how IT can address the needs of current business problems. In his previous post, Lewis was responsible for Global Portfolio Management for CSC's Application Business.  This role involved the management of a diverse workforce and the reengineering of the applications business, including the adoption of a globalized portfolio management process and the implementation of product and technology roadmaps. Lewis is passionate about collaboration and the cultural changes required to enhance business functions. Lewis has a BSc from the University of Surrey and an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University.