David Wood

David Wood

Principal Delta Wisdom

David Wood was a pioneer of the smartphone industry, co-founding in 1998 Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system. Software written by his teams was included in half a billion smartphones over the following years, from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Fujitsu, and Panasonic. David’s executive responsibilities at Symbian at various times included technical consulting, partnerships and developers, and research.

David also spent three years as CTO of Accenture Mobility. Earlier in his career David spent ten years as a software engineer (subsequently software architect) at trailblazing mobile computing company Psion PLC.

As principal of the independent consultancy and publisher Delta Wisdom, he is now a full-time futurist speaker, analyst, and writer. Areas of particular interest include the future of Artificial Intelligence, the future of healthcare, the future of human enhancement, the future of work, and the future of politics.

David is the author or lead editor of six books, including “Anticipating 2025“, “Smartphones and beyond“, and, most recently, “The abolition of aging“. He also heads up London Futurists – a non-profit networking meetup with over 6,000 members – and has chaired over 150 public events on technoprogressive and futurist topics.

In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”.

He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Westminster. He is a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology), Executive Director of the Transpolitica think-tank, and Secretary of the international Humanity+ organisation.

He tweets as @dw2 and blogs at dw2blog.com.