Introducing FutureCast

I’m thrilled to be producing FutureCast, a salon-style event hosted by AT&T and Ericsson, which brings together some of Silicon Valley’s finest minds to discuss the digital revolution. Each event, held at AT&T’s spectacular Palo Alto Foundry, invites a select group of entrepreneurs, investors, writers and executives to talk about the ways in which networked technology is radically changing education, cities, healthcare and every other aspect of 21st century life.

Our first event focused on transportation. FutureCast guests included executives from transportation companies such as GM, Tesla, American Airlines, San Francisco Municipal Transporation Authority and Sidecar as well as Silicon Valley notables like Frost and Sullivan chairman David Frigstad, distinguished New York Times science correspondent John Markoff, EFF Chairman Brad Templeton, Techcrunch co-founder Keith Teare, Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens and best selling business writer Larry Downes. This is how AT&T CTO John Donovan reported it. CNN covered the event in this five part video series:

Transportation’s Kodak Moment
The Driverless Car
Are We Falling Out Of Love With Our Cars?
Privacy & The Connected Car
The Global View

Our next FutureCast, featuring the controversial Silicon Valley author and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, will address how the networked revolution is radically changing the economics of work, with a special focus on Wadhwa’s signature issues such as immigration reform. This event, once again held at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto, is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday June 25. Please let me know if you’d like to be considered for an invitation.

My Italian Job

My third favorite all-time movie is The Italian Job (behind Vertigo & Shadow of a Doubt). I even managed to squeeze a reference about it into Digital Vertigo (the scene in the Oxford jail). So it’s appropriate that I’m about to embark on my own lower case italian job to celebrate the publication of the Italian version of Vertigine Digitale.  Beginning April 28, I’ll be in Perugia, Milan, Venice, Bologna and (for my sins) Capri where I’ll be speaking at an event about trend setting. Here’s the full schedule of “Il Tour Di Andrew Keen In Italia”.

Before Italy, I’ll be at my favorite European tech conference – The Next Web extravaganza in Amsterdam. This coming Thursday, I’m doing a debate with my best enemy, Robert Scoble, about Google Glass. Given that Scoble is now wearing his all-seeing Glass in public urinals, our debate might turn out to be quite a pissing contest. Then on Friday, I’ll be interviewing my old friend Gary Shapiro, CEA President and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation.

Please also check out my CNN piece this week on the potentially positive impact of networked technology on autism. And to temper such uncharacteristic optimism, you might also enjoy my latest TCTV interview with Silicon Valley arch-critic Evgeny Morozov.

See you in Capri.

For-Your-Eyes-Only

My latest CNN piece about Google Glass has got a lot of attention – including upcoming interviews on both Al Jazeera and the Chinese CCTV network. This is just the first paragraph in the first chapter about privacy and wearable computing. Do we really want strangers taking photos of us every 5 seconds? Scary. Very scary.

Please also check out my latest TechcrunchTV interviews with California Lieutenant General Gavin Newsom, Top Dog author Po Bronson & the Pullitzer prize winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel. I’d appreciate any suggestions about interesting people I should be interviewing for my show. The only condition is that they must have some connection to digital technology.

I’m just back from DC where I spoke at the excellent xpotomac conference. I’m in the Bay Area for the next ten days, then off to the UK to speak at Julia Hobsbawn’s Names Not Numbers event. So in London week of March 18 if anyone wants to get together.

Fingers and everything else crossed for Sunday. I’ve been waiting 18 years for this.

COYS.

Happy Holidays

I’m just back from a monster Digital Vertigo tour of Europe, Asia and Latin America. The highlight was probably my TED talk in Brussels which got me into lots of delightful trouble. I’m taking a rest from speaking in December, but will be back into action at the beginning of the new year. My calendar for 2013 is already filling up fast, so please let me know if you want me to speak at your event next year.

I’m now trying to do some writing. See my recent op-ed in the Financial Times about the role of software in the new industrial revolution and two CNN pieces – something on freedom of speech on Twitter and an essay this week about the anti-trust investigations of Google. I’m also enjoying my “Keen On” TechcrunchTV show, particularly my conversations with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at TED and with that great techno-provocateur Ray Kurweil.

With the holidays fast approaching, I wish all of you – irrespective of creed (except Arsenal fans, of course) – a wonderfully happy festive season. Please keep in touch and I hope to see many of you next year.