Viktor Mayer-Schöngberger

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

That while technology is enormously powerful, we humans have a choice in how we are using it, and our choices matter.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

I spend a lot of time discarding thoughts and deleting words – my aim is to focus on the essence.

What or who inspired you to get into your field? Do you have any individuals or groups of people that you credit with helping you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish?

I have many scholars that I adore – for their intellectual prowess, their insightful commentary, their eloquence, their courage, and their foresight. I see it as a privilege to read what they write and listen to what they say. They have expanded my thinking far beyond what I have thought possible.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

A central role. What I am today is mostly due to luck; the good fortune of coming across an idea, or being at the right place at the right time.

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

As I get older, the biggest challenge is to be ready to leave behind completely old thinking, and start from scratch. Sticking with one already knows is comforting. The unknown sometimes less so. But in our fast-paced field we need to ready to start afresh. It’s essential.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

I don’t think there is a defined set of qualities all leaders and innovators have. But if I look back at my own career, the quality that at times helped me most was being (and staying) hungry.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

By making it more human, and by making humans more humble. That of course includes myself.

Follow us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google+ icon
LinkedIn icon
instagram icon

Copyright @ The World Technology Network. All Rights Reserved Back to Top

Back to Top