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Nicky Verd

Author/Speaker at VERD

Johannesburg, South Africa

Nicky Verd lives to blow stuff up. A Kickass International Keynote Speaker and Author of the hit book, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted. She is Africa’s Digital Transformation Maverick, pioneer in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption.

After being retrenched from a job she held unto for dear life, Nicky Verd hit rock bottom, literally. But rose back up, reinvented herself and is now empowering others to do the same.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Johannessburg South Africa
Speaking Topics: Igniting Human Potential in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Understanding the impact of Industry 4.0 on organisations and employment, Exploring Op

Nicky Verd Points
Academic 0
Author 63
Influencer 9
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 72

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.01
Business Strategy
Digital Disruption 32.86
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology 30.05
Future of Work 31.82
Innovation 32.66
Leadership 30.03
Startups 30.09
Autonomous Vehicles 30.19

Industry Experience


3 Article/Blogs
Understanding Technologies Driving 4IR: Part 1
Nicky Verd
September 09, 2019
Are you 4IR Ready?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an unstoppable force that will have a profound impact on the world. 4IR is set to influence every conceivable aspect of business and life in general. Technologies driving The Fourth Industrial Revolution include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Biotechnology, Robotics, Internet of Things, Blockchain, speedy connectivity in the form of 5G and Wi-Fi 6, 3-D printing. Drones, Augmented Reality, Virtual reality, etc.

For some people, these concepts are still alien. But it’s becoming clear that to avoid obsolescence and remain relevant in the modern world, one will have to become conversant and comfortable with cutting-edge technologies such as AI - Machine Learning, Deep Learning, IoT, AR, etc. These are terms that have become synonymous with the modern era. Properly understanding these technologies will help put into perspective how some of the world’s most cutting edge tech will impact your own life.

Let's take a look at AI with some of it's components:

What is Artificial Intelligence?

As defined in my new book titled Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted, Artificial Intelligence is an area of computer science with the ability to solve problems that are usually done by humans. AI refers to intelligent machines that have been programmed to mimic human action and rational thinking. Machines exhibiting characteristics we associate with intelligence in human behaviour – understanding language, learning, reasoning, solving problems, and so on. According to Andrew Kucheriavy, Founder and CEO of Intechnic, “AI learns through machine learning, similar to you and me, by learning from its own mistakes, studying examples and applying the acquired knowledge over time.”

What is Machine Learning?

Machine Learning is a subset of AI and Deep Learning is a subset of Machine Learning. In machine learning, algorithms created by human programmers are responsible for parsing, learning from the data and making decisions based on what they've learned from the data. The intention of Machine Learning is to enable machines to learn by themselves using the data "provided" and making accurate predictions.

What is Deep Learning?

Deep Learning on the other hand represents the evolution of machine learning. Deep Learning learns through an artificial neural network that acts very much like a human brain. Deep learning machines don't require a human programmer to tell them what to do with the data. It recognizes patterns through data, and proceed to make an accurate decision. Deep Learning can "automatically" discover features to be used for classification but Machine Learning requires these features to be "provided" manually.

How is Deep Learning Already being Applied in the World?

One of the greatest feats of deep learning is the ability to identify images and generate intelligent captions for them. In fact, image caption generation powered by AI is so accurate that many online publications are already making use of such techniques to save time and cost.

Robo-journalists riding on deep learning models have been producing accurate match reports for some time now. Machines now have the power to generate new text from the scratch. They can learn the punctuation, grammar, and style of a piece of text and pen down effective news pieces.

Self-driving cars are some of the hottest areas of deep learning. Some deep-learning models specialize in streets signs while others are trained to recognize pedestrians. As a car navigates down the road, it can be informed by up to millions of individual AI models that allow the car to act and make decisions. And that's why many have considered self-driving cars to be safer than human drivers.

Self- driving cars will be without a doubt the standard way of transportation in the future. Major companies from Uber and Google to Toyota and General Motors are willing to spend millions of dollars to make them a reality, as the future market is predicted to worth trillions. What a time to be alive!

In regards to 4IR, my mentor Dr Strive Masiyiwa said, "Don't focus on the threats, focus on the opportunities".

Personally, I believe technology is putting more power in the hands of today's youths than any other generation.

To Be Continued:

My new Book “Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted” is a tool for you to empower and equip yourself for The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Apple Is Launching Its Own Credit Card and Here are Five Business Lessons to Learn from this Move
March 28, 2019
Later this year, Apple is releasing its own credit card with cash back rewards. The card will heavily integrate with the iPhone and the company has named it the Apple Card. The actual card is minimalist and sleek in the most Apple kind of way. No late fee, no annual fee, no over the limit fee, no card number, no signature, no expiration date, no CVC number, no barcode. This is innovation at its best. To put it bluntly, Apple is selling Air and people are literally falling over themselves in anticipation to signup for this historical credit card.

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Tags: Innovation, Startups

Misalignment of core values in your relationship or marriage is the beginning of your own hell right here on earth.
February 22, 2019
Don’t date just to escape the “Im Single” status. Don’t marry just to tick off a checklist. Life is NOT a grocery list. Find yourself first, then find someone who can accommodate the talents, the vision and the ambitions in your heart, someone who can be the enabler for you to emerge into your greatness. Find someone who believes in you, supports and encourages you even when the world laughs at your guts.

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Tags: Leadership

1 Book
Book Review by Dave Romero: Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted
July 04, 2019
I am Dave Romero, Group CEO of SeedLife Caban Impact Investment.

Nicky Verd gave me a digital copy of her book titled, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted to read for an honest review. I read the book and the most appropriate word is WOW! This is a must read!

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Future of Work

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