Futurecast Event, December 13th

What's going to happen to tech in 2018? Is it going to be the year of AI, VR, AR, IoT or Blockchain? Or will everything come crashing down again, as it did in 2000? Few people are better positioned to peer presciently into the future than Ina Fried, Chief Technology correspondent for Axios and one of Silicon Valley's most farsighted writers. So I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be interviewing her at our final Futurecast of the year, in the evening of December 13, at the Palo Alto Foundry. Expect a festive crowd of entrepreneurs, investors and technologists as well as a fascinating glimpse into the future from Ina Fried and our other guests. Please RSVP if you can come. 

In other news, my latest Innovate2017 Techcrunch show features an interview with Rappler founder Maria Ressa and the Oxford Internet Institute's Phil Howard - co-winners of the prestigious 2017 Democracy Award from the DC based National Democratic Institute. Both Ressa and Howard are on the frontlines of the war against fake news and we should do everything we can to support their invaluable work. See also my latest take on Silicon Valley for the UK website Unherd. And also read an interview I did for LitHub with the former editor of the New Republic, Frank Foer, about the existential threat of big tech. 

I'm just back from Kitzbuhel in Austria where I spoke at ReComm alongside (for my sins) Nigel Farage. And at the end of next week, on Friday December 8, I'll be giving a keynote at one of my favorite annual events - the OEB elearning conference in Berlin. Please let me know if you'll be there.

I'm not sure whether 2018 will the year of AI, VR, AR, IoT, Blockchain or, for that matter, an existential crisis of big tech. What I do know, however, is that ou Futurecast event on December 13 in Palo Alto will inspire you to reimagine the future of tech. So really hope to see you on December 13 at the Foundry.