David (1962) is a freelance journalist, internet TV personality and a speaker with an inherent passion for tech and science and a love for storytelling.
With his rapid paced documentary style lecture ‘The Future is now’ David will inspire audiences and give them insight in tomorrow’s world. Whether it is a lecture on a specific technology or broad lecture on tomorrow’s tech and science such as genetic engineering and bio hacking, 3D printing, the Internet of Everything, nanotechnology, future transportation, robotics or cyborgs, David will quickly bring his audience up to date in a broad range of stunning scientific and technological developments that will ‘blow their minds’.
David doesn’t see himself as a futurologist but as a ScienceFact watcher. He closely follows the latest scientific and technological developments. According to David the future is not tomorrow; The Future is Now. Science is advancing at such pace that it’s no longer just about discovery but ever increasingly about scientific mastery. We are molding the world around us to our wishes the likes never seen before and at a pace few of us can imagine.
Just take a look at gadgets. According to David the term gadget as an ingenious wanna-have electronic device is about to become obsolete. Soon everything in our lives will have some sort of artificial intelligence embedded: your car, the doorbell, your reading glasses, the cows, your fridge, the trees, your razor and mirror, your ski goggles, your clothes, the bridge, the walls, the ceiling, the windows, the garbage can and seriously even your loved ones.
Scientist have started transforming humans into becoming living gadgets. Soon, electronics and Artificial Intelligence embedded in our bodies soon will supplement human intelligence. The blind are seeing again, the deaf are hearing once more and paraplegic are walking with the help of science and technology. The Cyborgs, Androids and replicator machines of the science fiction movies of yesteryear are becoming reality as we speak.
Soon we will no longer reach for anti-depressants to fight the blues but press a button to instantly change our moods. You’ll wear electronic contacts with builtin augmented reality displays and print your smartphone at home on your desktop 3D printer. At the hospital the surgeon will print a new heart or kidney when your old one is about to fail. All this is happening in the labs today. Experimental beating hearts have been printed in labs and no, you cannot yet order one today. But you will tomorrow. And that’s just the beginning…
When he’s not writing about the latest scientific and technological developments, he’s shining his unique, somewhat cynical but infotaining perspective on gadgets ranging from electric bikes, iPad apps to toothbrushes with wireless displays in his weekly video column ‘The Unboxingparty’ on bright.nl. The Bright Unboxingparty is raw, in your face, unscripted, out on the street or straight out of the living room with a touch of cynical humor. What you see is what you get and that includes David. Over the years David made close to 250 Unboxingparty video’s. However, David still isn’t convinced the world really needs such a thing as a connected toothbrush with a wireless display.
For several years now David also enthralls his audience during the Bright Night live unboxingparty which some call the Top Gear of gadget shows. Every two months around 250 people flock to the Bright Night to watch David introduce the latest, the greatest and also the dumbest devices with his cynical sense of humor. They don’t call him ‘Mr. Unboxing Party’ for nothing.
David was raised bilingual and writes and speaks Dutch and English fluently but don’t hire him for his German language skills. David entertained audiences with his live unboxingparty gadget show during the Bright Nights, at the yearly iMMovator Cross Media Network event and on several occasions at the Career Event in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
He’s spoken about the emerging 3D printing technology on invitation by Dijk & Van Emmerik, a consultant firm specializing in Human Resource management, De hoge School van Amsterdam, the Night of the Nerds and for the CMBO, a knowledge institute for media companies.
David talked about the Future of Television at the Euroforum symposium, gave a talk on The Future of Mobility for insurance company Achmea and enlightened a group of executives of network organisation Qhuban about What’s cooking in the Labs.
He lectures about popularizing science to students of the University of Amsterdam. Every Year David shares his The Future is Now lecture with managers in training of the BAM, one of Netherlands largest construction companies. He also enlightened engineers of consulting and engineering firm Tebodin, Philips and employees of the Ceasar Groep, an IT company about how our future is shaped today.
Throughout the years David wrote articles for magazines and newspapers such as Bright, P/f, Glamsterdam, WinQ, Living Media, Sprout, MacWorld, Net Magazine, Publish, Power Unlimited, Wired, Mitsubishi Magazine, International Correspondent, Volkskrant, Readers Digest and more. He also wrote for companies such as Friesland Foods, Pioneer, Vodafone, ABN AMRO, Sogeo, Jumbo, UPC and KPN.
At the end of 2007 the first of eight episodes of the Dutch television program ‘In de ban van het ding’ was aired. David was one of the three tv hosts. David travelled the world in search of the latest scientific and technological developments. At regular intervals David is asked for his expertise on television and radio shows such as MTV was here, TROS Radar, RTL Editie NL, LLINK Atlas, BNN Today, BNR Nieuwsradio and more. Currently David can be heard every friday morning as the ‘digiguru’ during the radioshow ‘De Heer Ontwaakt.’