Russell Buckley is remarkably chipper for a man who predicts humankind will be cowed by a hyper-intelligent robotic super race in 32 years' time.
But then, he has good reason to be - Buckley was the MD of AdMob when Google bought it for $750m in 2009 and now works for the British government, attracting overseas investment for UK startups.
That's enough money and friends in high places to be okay when the robots do eventually revolt.
For the rest of us, well, Buckley thinks we'll have a few fancy technological developments to enjoy before the singularity hits - this being the point where robots become too smart for our own good.
Here is his countdown to the singularity - as told to the audience of Croydon Tech City's autumn launch, where he was guest speaker earlier this month.
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