Heather Vescent

President; The Purple Tornado
Heather Vescent owns and operates The Purple Tornado, a foresight and strategic intelligence consultancy. Vescent has delivered research insights to governments and corporations in digital identity, military learning, payments, transactions, and new economic models. She is the writer/producer of 14 documentaries and short films about future technology. Her clients include US & UK governments, SWIFT, Disney, IEEE, mid-size companies and start-ups. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, CNN, American Banker, CNBC, Fox, and the Atlantic. She is an author of the Cyber Attack Survival Manual, published by Weldon-Owen. Her work has won multiple awards from the Association of Professional Futurists.

Heather's Session

Tuesday, June 25
1:30 - 1:55 pm
50 Billion Identities: The Future of Humans, Corporations and Smart Things
According to Gartner, there will be more than 25 billion IoT devices with identity on the internet in 2021. There are over 180 million businesses globally – all of these are registered with governments and have identities in financial institutions. And there are 7.6 billion humans – interacting with these corporations and IoT devices in complex ways. This talk is based on research funded by the DHS S&T that explored the impact of NPE (non-person entity) identity on areas of critical infrastructure. This talk will answer: What is an NPE? How is an NPE both different and similar to human identity? What is the relationship humans have with NPEs? How is NPE identity more complex than the identity we know today? What considerations do we need to make when developing identity solutions for the future? Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of NPEs, their relationship with humans, and new ways to think about future solutions.

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