About SFC

In an age of change and innovation, the Seoul Future Conference (SFC) strives to provide multi-faceted solutions to future issues that may drive the values of our life.

We have experienced significant changes stemming from the recent trend of technological convergence. In line with this development, the Seoul Shinmun has hosted the SFC since 2016, delivering solutions to life issues including education and employment in future society and innovative future issues brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), information and communication technology (ICT), and big data. Participating experts have shared their ideas by engaging in significant, thought-provoking discussions on the direction and value of future society and technological advances.
In 2016, the SFC chose the issues of artificial intelligence and robotics, two main components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to look at the global trend of the revolution and where Korea stands in responding to it. Based on the understanding that the future of jobs in the age of AI depends on education, the SFC 2017 focused on the issue of job creation and education reform for human dignity in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The last two years, more than 40 speakers and over thousand audience members from Korea and elsewhere participated in the conference, which served as an opportunity to dwell on the potential impact of technological advances in the Fourth Industrial Revolution on future society and to predict possible innovative changes. Under the theme of Next Connectivity and Beyond, this year’s SFC will explore ways for human-centered collaboration between AI and man, look at lifestyle changes driven by digital technologies, and fundamental values that humanity needs to uphold in an age of technological convergence.
Celebrating our 114th anniversary, We at the Seoul Shinmun expect that the SFC 2018 will engage in in-depth discussions and provide insight into how to predict the paradigm shift in science and technology and the human community amid the advancing wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and create new opportunities for prosperity.
We cordially ask for your interest and participation and hope that all participants will contribute to finding prudent responses to a new age.

Seoul Future Conference EI

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The symbol of the Seoul Future Conference, SFC, is inspired by the human brain. The brain was chosen as conference symbol as it resembles complex circuits that can produce infinite possibilities and ideas.
The symbol also features the image of a human fingerprint. As a fingerprint is unique to an individual, it is a fitting symbol that expresses respect for individuality and the independence of the different perspectives that everyone holds. Just like a door that can be unlocked by fingerprint recognition, the SFC will strive to be the key that unlocks the door to the future.
Its color orange represents the future-oriented outlook of the conference that is creative, progressive and expansive.

CEO’s Message

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are witnessing an accelerated shift to a society of hyper-connectivity and intelligence driven by big data. The wave of digital innovation, which enables human-to-human, human-to-object, and object-to-object connectivity in everyday life, is changing our lives to the core, including lifestyles, thoughts, and behavior.
Dramatic changes may bring about uncertainties. A hyper-connected society presents both hopes and uncertainties the human community needs to address. It could open up new, unprecedented possibilities but it is also likely to create new challenges.
The SFC 2018 will discuss and explore the impact of hyper-connectivity on humanity and society. Insights on technological advances and our life will come from a variety of dignitaries, including, Professor Jaeseung Jung at KAIST,who will serve as the keynote speaker; Michael Casey, Senior Advisor at the MIT Media Lab; James Barrat, author of the book Our Final Invention; and Seungyeon Cho, CEO of Originvoca.
We cordially invite you to, and ask for your support for, the conference that will share the visions for a future that the hyper-connected society driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution may bring about.
Kwangheon Ko,
CEO, The Seoul Shinmun

Founded in 1904, the 114-year-old Seoul Shinmun is the only newspaper in Korea majority-owned by employees and shareholders committed to advancing public good. It prioritizes the interests of the public and society in general, based on its core value of integrity.
The newspaper is loved by the general public for its accurate and impartial reporting and trusted deeply by opinion leaders. Its unbiased perspectives, commitment to scoops, and relentless pursuit of depth serve as guiding principles in delivering important information to its readers. The Seoul Shinmun is devoted to promoting inter-Korean peace and reconciliation for ultimate reunification and creating a just society.

Seoul Shinmun Future Strategy Institute

The Seoul Shinmun Future Strategy institute plans and hosts the annual Seoul Future Conference (SFC) dedicated to the issue of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is also responsible for the framework and content of the Seoul Shinmun’s knowledge-based business, including the Gwanghwamun Lounge (CEO forum) and circuit forums on regional economy.

Seoul Speakers Bureau is responsible for the program development and management of
Seoul Future Conference (SFC).

For the past 10 years, Seoul Speakers Bureau has worked with some of most influential leaders of various professions, sharing their insight to the world. We value the connection between people and knowledge-sharing platform where networks are built. With such values and pride being theonly South Korean member of International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), we provide reliable services of global standard.


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