Trendwatcher, TEDx speaker, author and podcaster Jarno Duursma

I am a technology expert, trendwatcher and speaker in the field of digital technology. I am also the author of four books on digital technology, including on artificial intelligence and blockchain. My two most recent reports are about ‘Machines with Imagination’ and ‘Deepfake Technology’. I can often be seen and heard in the national media and I write opinion articles for Het Financieele Dagblad (or FD, a Dutch daily newspaper focused on business and financial matters), NRC (a Dutch daily newspaper of record) and De Volkskrant (a Dutch daily morning newspaper) – among other publications. I am also the creator of the ‘Listening to the future’ tech podcast and I organised the TechEvent SMC050 for many years. I personally founded this event at the time.


Articles and publications by Jarno Duursma

My vision on digital technology has also appeared in book form. For example, I wrote ‘The Digital Butler’ about the opportunities and threats of artificial intelligence, as well as a book about Bitcoin Blockchain. I have written two reports: one is entitled ‘Machines with Imagination’, while the other report focuses on Deepfake technology. Besides books and reports, I have written articles for Emerce, Bright and Frankwatching. But you may also know me from national media or opinion articles for FD, NRC, De Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur (a Dutch current affairs television programme produced for the NPO by the government broadcasters NOS and NTR).

Jarno Duursma in one minute

Jarno Duursma in 1 minute

Jarno Duursma in 1 minute

This 1-minute video gives you an impression of what Jarno can mean for your (online) event, congress, relation day or training day.

He tells you about the latest technological trends and translates these into the impact on business, people and society. Both physical meetings and online!

What can you expect from me?

  • I am energetic, curious, down to earth and sociable.
  • I enjoy exploring new, groundbreaking technology.
  • I like reflecting on the current and future impact of digital technology. I do so with optimism and an appropriately critical eye. And with a focus on the human interest aspect.
  • I assist employees in becoming mentally futureproof – making them aware of the wonderful opportunities as well as the risks. Digital transformation is about people.
  • I want to be a positive force in the digital transformation.
  • I support the ethical use of emerging technologies to enhance human capabilities and create a better society.



"For my Master's thesis in Law I had the opportunity to interview Jarno Duursma. He has a lot of knowledge about the latest technological developments and knows how to convey this knowledge with great enthusiasm. He has given me both insights and tips that have been very useful!"
Susanne Bijvank
Master student Intellectual Property Law
Susanne Bijvank
"Jarno was the final guest speaker at our customer day. He gave a fluent presentation with practical examples of technologies that sometimes still seem a bit elusive. It was important to us that our customers could imagine how they could apply new technologies in their own business. Jarno certainly succeeded in doing that. It was an informative, interesting, but also entertaining end to the day. Thanks a lot!"
Veronique van Rosmalen
Veronique van Rosmalen
"Jarno gave an update on the latest technoligy trends. Within short time we were up to speed on topics such as artificial intelligence, conversational commerce, et cetera. In his own - sometimes humorous - way you get inspired, so you can continue to explore your interests. As far as I'm concerned, it was a lecture that surpassed the rest of the day in terms of content. "
Eds Keizer
Co Founder Web agency GEK
Eds Keizer

Recent lectures by Jarno Duursma

I take my work as a speaker very seriously. Please see my blog: 20 tips for professional speakers and event organisers. Below you will find a list of my most recent lectures:

  • Inspiring online session for employees working from home (marketing)
  • Online conference on motivation (IT and public services)
  • Employee meeting on digital transformation (professional services)
  • European meeting on the frontline of technology and patents (European non-profit)
  • Kick-off of the strategic plan for the next five years (housing construction)
  • Panel discussion: technology and corona (financial services)


An inspiring speaker for your (online) event

How will digital technology shape our future? What are the developments in the field of artificial intelligence? How do we interact in times of technology and corona? What will smart computers take over from us? How do we stay human in a world in which technology is becoming increasingly important?

Do you want to bring business relations together, inspire your employees online, kick off a creative session, give an ‘online energy boost’ or develop a strategic plan? Please leave your details in the contact form and I will be in touch shortly.


For organisers: a short biography

Jarno Duursma is a Dutch technology expert, publicist, researcher and speaker in the field of digital technology. He has written four books, including on artificial intelligence and blockchain. His two most recent reports focus on ‘Imaginative Machines’ and ‘Deepfake Technology’. Jarno can often be seen and heard in the national media and writes opinion articles for FD, NRC and Volkskrant, among other publications. He is creator of the ‘listening to the future’ tech podcast and founder of tech event SMC050.

Gemeente Rotterdam
ABN Amro
Hewlett Packard
Wolters Kluwer
Van Lanschot Kempen
Gemeente Amsterdam

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