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Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability.
Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been published into 43 languages.
In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also written, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 50 scholarly papers in mathematical statistics, genetics, quantitative finance, statistical physics, philosophy, ethics, economics, & international affairs, around the notion of risk and probability (grouped in the Technical Incerto).
Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering (only a quarter time position). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder (“antifragile”).
Taleb refuses all honors and anything that “turns knowledge into a spectator sport”.
Taleb traveled the conventional route of education to real-life and theory to practice in inverse sequence from the common one, moving from the practical to the philosophical to the mathematical. He started as a trader, then got a doctorate in mid-trading career; he wrote literary books before writing technical papers, and his work became progressively more technical and formal with time.
In this keynote speech, maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb will talk about his most famous work: the black swan theory. From 9/11 to the recent coronavirus pandemic, black swan events have immeasurable impact on the world and are just impossible to foresee. No matter what experts think, these events are not predictable. Join Dr. Taleb in this fascinating speech about the rare, unpredictable events that shape our world and have immense consequences to the global economy and learn how can we prepare - and prepare our organizations - for the next black swans.
In The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the best thinkers of our time, described the big problems that these rare, unpredictable events have on our world. Events like the 9/11 or the recent coronavirus pandemic have a massive negative impact on the global economy causing concerning levels of unemployment as companies fail and national governments are poised to take on a huge amount of debt to contain the effects. In his second bestseller, Antifragile, Dr. Taleb explores if there are actually ways of benefiting from the disorder and chaos caused by these black swan events. In this keynote speech, Dr. Taleb offers a definitive solution to black swans: how can we gain from them while being protected from fragilities and adverse events? By being what Dr. Taleb calls the "antifragile" - going beyond the robust by benefiting from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors. While many companies and organizations fail, others welcome the uncertainty as they become immune to prediction errors. Dr. Taleb will offer a blueprint for how to not just behave but thrive in a world full of black swans we don't understand.
Successful entrepreneurs and businessmen often say that their success is not explained by luck, but by hard work and consistency. Or that you make your own luck. According to bestselling author of the Black Swan, Dr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, luck or chance plays a largely unacknowledged role in success - particularly in the finance industry. This keynote speech is based on his bestselling book, Fooled by Randomness, which is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes. Dr. Taleb argued back in 2001 that luck is many times mistaken for skill - especially in the world of trading - and his arguments are more valid nowadays than ever, after recent studies showed that only a minority of fund managers generated returns that beat their benchmarks. And what's worse, those were lucky rather than good.
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