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Human Potential

This year’s Inforum will focus on the theme of Human Potential and explore the limitless possibility of human achievement. It exposes new ways to tap into more human capabilities through the innovation of science and technology.


Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is changing the way that humans think, act, feel, work, and play by allowing a person or group to do much more with the time that we have—spending it more wisely by doing the same tasks more efficiently, or using the time we’ve saved to do things we couldn’t do otherwise.


In addition, A.I. is helping us make quicker, more accurate decisions to greatly improve our efficiency and productivity, and begin to ‘solve the unsolvable’, tackling problems once thought to be impossible. Inforum welcomes some well-known thought leaders to help us investigate this topic.


Shaquille O’Neal

Olympic Gold Medalist, 4-time NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades.

But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA on TNT.

In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses.

Day 2 General Session
Wednesday, September 26

Van Jones

CNN political contributor & host of The Van Jones Show

Join Van Jones, social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor, and host of The Van Jones Show, as he moderates a panel of Infor scientists discussing how science and innovations in technology are playing a large role in the evolution of human potential.


Jones is a Yale-educated attorney and author of two New York Times best-selling books, “The Green Collar Economy” (2008) and “Rebuild the Dream” (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. Famous for his heart-felt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red states and blue throughout the volatile 2016 political season. Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice. These include:


  • The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which promotes criminal justice reform.
  • Color of Change, which works for racial fairness through its more than one million members.
  • Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century “think tank” that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation. which promotes innovative policy solutions.
  • The Dream Corps, an organization that brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems. The Dream Corps’ major initiatives are: #YesWeCode, aimed to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector; #cut50, an initiative focused on making communities safer while reducing the number of people in our prisons and jails. And Green For All, which advances environmental solutions that prioritize families and workers living on the frontlines of some of the worst pollution in America. In response to much civil unrest and energy post election, Jones launched the #Love Army — a values based movement that is working for an America where everyone counts.
  • Magic Labs Media, founded by Jones and where he currently serves as its President.

Day 1 General Session
Tuesday, September 25

Jared Diamond

Celebrated scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Ecologist, geographer, biologist, anthropologist, and author of popular science books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (1997), Jared Diamond is also a dauntless explorer of the world.


His inspirational session will take the audience on a journey through some of the most profound evolutionary questions of our time: Why do some societies prosper while others die? What can we learn from the collective history of every human society? A practitioner of sustainable development, Diamond will show how we got here, and where we are headed.


Inspiration Session
Wednesday, September 26
11:30am – 12:30pm