I'm having a lot of fun with my new Techcrunch show, INNOVATE2016. This week, Iinterviewed California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who argued that American politics needs to be systemically reinvented. Radical stuff from the guy who is likely to be the next Californian Governor. Last week, I talked with Ben Jealous, former CEO of the NCAAP and now a partner at Kapor Capital, about how digital technology can help correct systemic social problems. And as we get closer to the 2016 election, expect to see some equally interesting guests on INNOVATE2016 - including leading Presidential candidates from both parties.

Speaking of technology's potential to improve our lives, I participated in a very entertaining conversation about big data last week in Berlin with MIT's Sandy Pentland. I'm not really sure who won - indeed, what was striking about the Vodaphone event was the level of agreement between us. I wish every "debate" between so-called techno-optimists and pessimists was conducted with this kind of civility and good faith.

I still have a few more trips before the end of the year. I'll be in New York City for a World Economic Forum "Future of the Internet" event on December 1st. I hope to be in Baltimore to interview Governor O'Malley at some point in December and I'll definitely be in Las Vegas for the next Republican debate on December 15. I'll also be in the UK in the week of December 7 for a Ditchley Foundation conference about the digital economy. So please let me know if you want to get together.

The paperback version of the Internet Is Not The Answer has just been published in the UK with this very generous review in the Guardian. Yes, the digital dream probably has died - but that's only the beginning of the story. The challenge now is to fix the future before this dream becomes a nightmare. This challenge will be my focus in 2016 and beyond. 

Fab Futurecast

Our latest Futurecast events have been particularly memorable. Last month, I hosted Ben Jealous, the former CEO of the NAACP, for a really stimulating conversation about diversity in tech (video highlights to come). And this coming Thursday evening in Palo Alto, I'm interviewing David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital, to get one of Silicon Valley's smartest venture capitalist's take on all the hottest tech trends - from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to drones and (even) hoverboards. We've still got a couple of tickets available, so please RSVP if you are free this coming Thursday (October 29th) evening in Palo Alto. 

This will be the last Futurecast of 2015, but lots more to come in 2016 including an inaugeral one in Las Vegas on January 4th, just before CES. But my 2015 is far from finished. October was pretty insane with speeches in Stockholm, New York City, Altanta, Dusseldorf, London, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Prague. And the first half of November is going to be pretty hectic too, with events in Amsterdam, Milan and Berlin. I'm particularly looking forward to the Berlin event on November 12th, where I'll be debating MIT's Sandy Pentland about the ups and downs of big data. If I beat him, I hope he'll shave off his beard.

Really hope to see you at the Foundry in Palo Alto on Thursday evening.

September strolls and saunters

Happy September! As always, my month is really hectic. I'm in Berlin at this coming weekend, speaking at TEDx on Sunday 9/6, at the Adlershof on Monday evening 9/7 about my new book, and at IFA Summit on the morning of Tues 9/8 in a debate about big data. I'm back in Bay Area on 9/10 for our first Futurecast of the Fall, featuring the Stanford professor of creativity Tina Seelig. I'm in Detroit 9/15 for the Techonomy conference, where I'm moderating a couple of panels about the future of work and mobile connectivity. And then I'm back in Europe the following week: speaking at Osterreichische Medientage on 9/23, the Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft in Zurich on 9/24, and the Gothenburg book fair on 9/26-27, to launch the Swedish language version of my book. 

I'm particularly excited by my Futurecast event with Tina Seelig on 9/10 in Palo Alto. Her new book about creativity, Insight Out, is a great read and her publisher has generously donated copies to the first 50 people who arrive at the Foundry that evening. So please RSVP and make sure you come early, not only for the networking drinks and nibbles, but also to get a free copy of Tina's new book. 

I'm also excited to have just launched a new TechcrunchTV interview show entitled INNOVATE2016. The show focus on the impact of disruptive technology on the upcoming election and early interviews include the CrowdPAC CEO Steve Hilton, political pundit Larry Downes, and Zignal Labs CEO Josh Ginsberg. Upcoming guests will include prominent Presidential candidates from both parties, so this should be a really fun series.

Hope to catch you somewhere, sometime this month.

Jaunty June

June will, I hope, be jaunty. I'm starting with a couple of engaging Futurecast events. The first is this coming Thursday (June 4) in Palo Alto, when I interview Nir Eyal, the author of the excellent Hooked, about the ups and downs of addictive technology. Then on Monday June 8, Futurecast comes to Washington DC, where I'm in conversation with former AOL CEO Steve Case about innovation outside Silicon Valley. We've still got a few seats left for each event, so please let me know if you want to come.

The Internet Is Not The Answer continues to make news. This coming Saturday June 6, I'll be speaking in Berkeley about the book at the Bay Area Book Festival. Then on June 11, I'm in Germany, keynoting the Interactive Cologne Festival. On June 12, I'm in London, at the Vanity Fair/Intelligence Squared Digital Summit, doing a Jeremy Paxman moderated debate about the (failed) Internet utopia. On June 16, I'm in Munich, speaking at the W&V Marketing Conference. Then on June 17, I'm back in London, in conversation at an Idler magazine event with the writer Will Self. On June 18, I'm speaking at the Sunday Times Festival of Education in Berkshire. And hence to Toronto, where I'm schlepping my shtick to Moses Znaimer's Ideacity conference on June 19. 

Phew. What's Yiddish for jaunty?

Enjoy your June.

What's the question?

With Uber's new $50 billion valuation, we urgently need a sanity check on the sharing economy. Here's my take in this morning's Wall Street Journal on why Uber is bad for working people. Here's my explanation on this yesterday's NBC Press Here show on why Silicon Valley is compounding inequality. And here's my argument on this Saturday's WGBH Innovation Hub show on why the Internet is definitely not the answer. 

So is smart technology (except this email, of course) making us dumb? Nick Carr and I will be in New York this coming Wednesday (May 13) evening arguing that it does. We won't take any prisoners and I trust this Intelligence Squared debate will be a bloodbath. The event is sold out, but I can probably wangle a few media passes if you ask nicely. Then (if I survive), I'll be back in the Bay Area next Wednesday (May 20), speaking at Kepler's bookstore in the evening and doing a public interview with Angie Coiro in Kepler's at lunchtime. 

For the rest of May, I'll be in Europe. On May 23, I'm in Milan where I'll be exposing the nuovi plutocrati del web at Wired's NextFest conference.
 And from sunny Italy, I'll be treking to rainy Wales, where, on May 25, I'm speaking at the Hay Festival. My question at Hay: "What's The Question?"

So perhaps you can help me prepare for Hay in May. What, exactly, is the question?


And the beat goes on. Our inaugeral Futurecast of 2015 was held on Wednesday at the Foundry in Palo Alto. It featured the movie director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Recode CEO Kara Swisher and a boisterous audience of 75 entrepreneurs, investors and academics. Our subject, riffing off Reynold's upcoming documentary, was the cost of the gender gap in the technology industry and, as you can imagine, the conversation was both spirited and controversial. We'll be broadcasting some video highlights in the next couple of weeks.

I'm on the road for most of the rest of the month. I'll be at SXSW in Austin this Sunday,debating Clive Thompson about whether or not the Internet is the answer. Next Tuesday evening, I'm being interviewed by Elizabeth Stark at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. And then on Wednesday, I'm speaking in New York City at the Association of American Publishers annual general meeting, where other speakers include Cornell West and David Brooks. 

The weekend of March 22-23, I'll be by the seaside in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, for Julia Hobsbawn's always excellent Names Not Numbers conference which this year includes such diverse speakers as the novelist Elif Sharak and the historian Simon Schama. I'll be on a panel which asks whether the Internet should be the operating system for the 21st century. I'll also be interviewing my old friend Esther Dyson about the impact of technology on the healthcare system.  

And the following week, I'm in Italy to launch 
INTERNET NON È LA RISPOSTA. On Tuesday evening 3/24, I'll be speaking at Il Circolo Dei Lettori  in Turin. Then on Wednesday 3/25, I'll in Milan tospeak at a Meeting The Media Guru event. 

March madness indeed. Happy (almost) Spring.


Yes, be very very scared. You see, the robots are coming and they will destroy our livelihood. That, at least, is the premise of an Intelligence Squared debate I'm doing with Walter Isaacson, George Magnus and Pippa Malgrem in London on Monday evening. If you happen to be around, I think there are still a few tickets left. If not, it will be broadcast on BBC World in the next couple of weeks. And to get you really horrified, read my "March of the Robots" warning in the Sunday Times, which ran last weekend. 

I'm in Europe all of next week. On Tuesday, I'm off to Barcelona where I'm compering an Ericsson event about the impact of video on wireless technology at the Mobile World Conference. On Wednesday, I'm being interviewed about The Internet Is Not The Answer in Barcelona. On Thursday, I'm back in London where I'll be interviewed by Google's European Head of Communications Peter Barron about my book at a special Google grilling. Then on Thursday evening, I'm at the Bath Literature Festival where I'll be involved in a debate about whether we've reached digital overload. No prizes for guessing which side of this debate I'll be on. 

The book continues to make waves. The Great Internet SwindleThe Guardian wrote about it, while the paper's weekly podcast show was dedicated to a conversation with me.  And there have been numerous other podcastsreviews and interviews. Last weekend, I even had an essay about how the Internet is "destroying" us published in the Daily Mail which, in true DM fashion, ellicited much outrage. 

Be afraid, be very afraid. 

Spiders & Socialites

Gentleman's Quarterly just came out with their 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.  Listed amongst the notable "spiders" & "socialites" was yours truly - who GQ described as the "most famous British tech voice in the US". Ha! That's like being backhanded as "the most famous US intellectual voice in Britain". In our listicle culture, I'll take it though. Next year, my ambition is to make their 100 Worst Dressed Men list. 

No review for The Internet Is Not The Answer in GQ. But many other newspapers - including The San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian and the London Sunday Times (paywall) - have all run very complimentary TIINTA reviews and interviews in the last few days. And just to balance things out, my frenemy Matt Ingrams lists six reasons why I'm wrong, while the Los Angeles Times brutalized the book. I'm still waiting for the review that describes TIINTA as an epic fucking fail. It will come, of course.

I'm in the UK and Ireland this week, launching the English language version of TIINTA. My dear friend Julia Hobsbawn is putting on a sold-out event at News Corp on Wednesday evening. I'm then in Boston next Tuesday, speaking at MIT and the Harvard Bookstore. And on Wednesday & Thursday of next week, I'm at the Rebooting Congress institutionalized insurrection in DC, where I'll be moderating sessions on big data and network neutrality. It promises to be an intriguing uprising. Other DC insurrectionists include those truly epic fails Ted Cruz & Rand Paul. 

A German Hit!

I'm just back from a whirlwind tour of Berlin, Brussels and Munich. I'm thrilled that The Internet Is Not The Answer appears to have struck a nerve in Germany. The book, which was only released last weekend, immediately jumped into the top 50 of the German Amazon best-sellers before selling out and is now into its second printing. I was interviewed on the main ZDF national tv news show and featured in numerous major German newspapers, magazines, radio and websites. Best of all, check out my heated DLD debate in Munich with Mike Butcher, Techcrunch's European editor.

I'm also extremely pleased with the book's progress in the USA. I've been reviewed across the board including The Economist, Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed on Bloomberg TV and Slate's The Gist, and featured on popular radio shows like WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show and WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show. And on Sunday at 8.00 & 11.00 pm EST, C-SPAN will be running a most amusing full hour interview I did with the station's executive chairman and founder Brian Lamb.

But the best may still be to come. Next Monday, I'm in Toronto, doing a debate with Mitch Joel at the opening lunch of Advertising Week's FFWD conference and an evening speech at the University of Toronto's Rotman School. I'm back in the Bay Area on Tuesday,
at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco in conversation with the popular novelist Robin Sloan. . Next Thursday, I'm in Los Angeles for the breakfast Live Talks Business Forum and then at in the afternoon for a book launch discussion hosted by my friend Michael Fertik.

TIINTA Grand Tour: DC, Berlin, Munich & Brussels

TIINTA has launched! I've already had an avalanche of columnsreviews, podcasts, videos and tweets about the book. USA Today included it as one of their three buzziest books in January, Amazon made it one their top business books of the month with Amazon's editorial director recommending it as one of the five books which that noted bibliophile, Mark Zuckerberg, should read.

Over the next week, I'll be in DC, Berlin, Munich and Brussels talking about TIINTA. On Thursday I'm in DC, first appearing at a Copyright Alliance lunchtime event on the Hill with Camper Von Beethoven's David Lowery, then at DC's Politics and Prose bookstore in the early evening. On Friday evening, I'm explaining why the Internet is not the answer at the American Academy in Berlin. At Monday lunchtime, I'm being interviewed by Techcrunch European editor Mike Butcher at DLD in Munich, then in the evening I'm in conversation with the journalist Knut Cordsen at the very cool Muffatwork in Munich. And next Tuesday, I'm keynoting the Bertelsmann Let's Go Connected conference in Brussels. 

Madness, eh? So please let me know if you want to get together, do an interview, have a drink or just make friends. 

Hope your year is also starting with a big bang.


Keen On launches on Techonomy

I'm thrilled to announce that my Keen On interview show, which has been hosted by Techcrunch for the last four and a half years, has moved to David Kirkpatrick's Techonomy Media. Given Techonomy's focus on techonology, business and politics, it's a natural home for Keen On, and I'm really looking forward to working closely with David and his team on making it one of the Internet's top talk shows. We launched this week with an interview of Walter Isaacson, who discusses his excellent new book The Innovators. Upcoming shows include conversations with venture capitalist Tim Draper and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun.

My move was timed to coincide with Techonomy's main conference of the year - at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, beginning this Sunday. We'll be streaming some live interviews for my show. I'll also be moderating a panel entitled "Confronting the Internet Counter-Reaction" that includes the Pullitzer prize winning journalist Barton Gellman and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Defense Minister. And I'll be representing the Internet counter-reaction myself, when I will explain why The Internet Is Not The Answer. Other speakers at Techonomy this year include Peter Thiel, Jaron Lanier and Reid Hoffman. So I hope to see some of you this weekend.

On Tuesday of next week, I fly to Vienna, where I'll be speaking at the 6th Global Drucker Forum, the annual event dedicated to the ideas of the management theorist Peter Drucker. Other speakers include Harvard's Clay Christensen, the FT's Martin Wolf and the Economist's Adrian Wooldridge. My panel is entitled "Digital Technology: An Engine for Human and Economic Prosperity?" features John Hagel from Deloitte, Didier Bonnet from Capgemini and Christian Stocker, the editor of Spiegel Online. My message, of course, is that digital technology isn't much of an engine of either human or economic prosperity. And I look forward to making it in Vienna, the natural home of such messages.

Now in Vienna there are ten pretty women...

Detroit, New York, DC & London

Greetings from Detroit! I'm here to speak at Techonomy Detroit on Tuesday - first to explain why the Internet is not the answer, then to moderate a great panel about startups, cities and sustaining innovation. I'm speaking immediately before Jack Dorsey, so Tuesday should be really fun. I'll be in New York City later this week and then will be in DC on Saturday morning where I'm in conversation with New Republic editor-in-chief Franklin Foerr at the NAIBA conference about the good and the bad of Internet technology. Next week, I'm back in the Bay Area. And the week of September 28, I'm in London.

As always, it would be great to get together. Hope to see you somewhere this month.

Killer Fall FutureCast Line-up

The Ninjas are coming! Our next Palo Alto FutureCast, in the evening of Thursday September 11, features Gary Shapiro, the CEO & President of the Consumer Electronics Assocation and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation: 10 Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses. Gary and I will banter about how both big and small companies can best innovate in today's increasingly dynamic economy. As usual, the evening will be extremely interactive and fun, featuring the opinions of our amazing audience as well as demos of particularly innovative products. And, as usual, we'll kick off at the AT&T Foundry with cocktails from 5.30 to 6.30 and then the main event from 6.30 to around 7.45. It's not just the Ninjas that are coming to FutureCast this Fall. On October 9, we'll be holding an event at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, featuring a conversation with Larry Downes, the author of Big Bang Disruption and many other brilliant books about technology and business. Then on November 5, we'll be back at the Palo Alto Foundry, with the legendary Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google X and CEO of Udacity.

All FutureCast events are invitation only. So please let me know if you'd like to come on September 11 to discover the killer strategies of the world's most innovative companies.  And Gary has generously donated 50 copies of Ninja Innovation, which he will personally sign. So the first lucky 50 guests who show up at the Foundry that evening will also get free copies of this great book.

Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.


Sometimes one gets lucky. Last year, at Julia Hobsbawn's Names Not Numbers conference in the lovely little town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, I had the great fortune to meet the Atlantic Books CEO Toby Mundy. Over a long lunch on the seafront, Toby convinced me to write a book synthesizing all my ideas about the Internet. The book was originally entitled "Epic Fail". But having sold the American rights to Morgan Entrekin, the publisher of Grove Atlantic in New York, Morgan wisely convinced us to change its name to THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER. Toby is a great salesman. "It'll be easy," he promised me. "Just summarize everything you know about the Internet". But books, of course, are anything but easy and, even with Toby and Morgan's expert editorial guidance, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER has taken me a year to write. But I'm thrilled to announce that it's now finished and will be published by Grove Atlantic in the United States in January and by Atlantic Books in the UK in February. A Random House German language edition will also be published in January. And there will be Italian and Chinese versions published early next year as well, I hope, as many other foreign editions.

Now comes the fun part. We'll have some uncorrected galleys of the book available later in August, and review copies available soon after. Between now and the end of the year, I'll be previewing its main ideas at a number of conferences - including WPP's Stream in Athens, the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Techonomy in Half Moon Bay and Business Insider's Ignition in New York City. Beginning in November, I'll also be available for interviews.

So please let me know if you are interested in getting a review copy of THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER, run some media about it or have me speak at your event. Having spent the last year silently writing the damn thing, I'm going to enjoy spending the next year making a lot of noise about it.

I'm off to Greece now for some fun. Enjoy your summer!

May update

We've really been having a blast with our FutureCast events. Our sold out CES bash featuring the CEOs of Ericsson & Qualcomm and AT&T's CTO was a huge success with several hundred people locked out and the audience filled with tech luminaries like FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. After that, Tiffany Shlain came to the Palo Alto Foundry to debut her new movie and do a FutureCast about the future of online creativity. Then we did an event at the Atlanta Foundry featuring Waze's Di-Ann Eisnor discussing the future of the automotive industry. And next Wednesday evening, May 7, we are back at the Palo Alto Foundry putting on a FutureCast event featuring Dan Eisenhardt, the CEO of Recon, to talk about the wearable technology revolution. The event will also feature demos from a number of interesting wearable companies including Zakis, Lumo and Indiegogo start-ups Game Golf and Atheer One. We've still got one or two tickets left. So please email me if you want to come.

If I don't see you next Wednesday, I hope to see you somewhere in May. I'm speaking at the FutureFlash ICA advertising industry event just north of Toronto on May 15. I'm keynoting the Wired conference in Milan on May 17. And i'll be in Paris on May 22 to talk about the impact of networked technology on the medical industry. So if you happen to be around, let's have a nice cup of tea.

Happy New Year!

Hope your 2013 was as good as mine. Highlights from last year for me were founding FutureCast and holding four really memorable events. The last two were particularly fun: one with Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick, discussing the uniqueness of Silicon Valley; another with the California's Lieutenant Governor, the incomparable Gavin Newsom. Here are my TechcrunchTV interviews I did with Kirkpatrick and Newsom at FutureCast; and here and here are the features that Techonomy ran about my conversation with Kirkpatrick. I'm hoping that 2014 will turn out to be as good as 2013. I'm currently in Las Vegas preparing to moderate a FutureCast style keynote at CES on Tuesday 7 January featuring the CEO's of Ericsson and Qualcomm and the CTO of AT&T. And in a couple of weeks, in the evening of January 21st, I'm producing an event about women and tech at the BloombergBETA offices in San Francisco.

Please let me know if you like to attend either of these events. At CES, we've got the first few rows reserved for VIPs. And the BloombergBETA event will feature a great panel of speakers including Nilofer Merchant, Vivek Wadhwa and Elizabeth Stark.

I hope see you somewhere fun in 2014.

Is the Internet for or against you?

It's a question that I've been thinking about a lot recently:  Is the Internet for or against you? It's a question that I'll be formally discussing on November 12th at David Kirkpatrick's Techonomy event in Tuscon, Arizona. And it's one that I'll be discussing later this month too: first at the Oxford Union, on November 22nd, when I'll be one of the people going "head to head" with my old frenemy, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, at an Al-Jazeera sponsored debate; and then on November 28th, in Milan, at the ICS event, when I'll be taking on digital guru Ben Hammersley. David Kirkpatrick has generously agreed to reverse the favor and headline our next FutureCast event on November 14th at the Palo Alto Foundry.  David and I will be talking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in a wide ranging discussion entitled "How Far is My Valley". The AT&T and Ericsson hosted event begins with drinks and dinner at the Foundry at 6.00 and then the interactive discussion at 7.00. Please email me if you'd like to added to the guest list. We've already got an impressive list of start-up entrepreneurs, investors and technologists signed up and it promises to be a really fun evening.

I'm also thrilled that Gavin Newsom, California's Lieutenant General and the author of Citizenville has agreed to speak at our final FutureCast of the year. On December 3, Gavin and I will discuss smart cities, smart politics and how digital technology can help us get to a smart future. If you want to be part of our smart audience for this lunchtime event, please let me know.

Hope to see some of you somewhere in November.

FutureCast update & October speaking tour in Europe

My FutureCast event, generously hosted by AT&T and Ericsson at the Palo Alto Foundry, continues to be a lot of fun. Our latest event featured the always stimulating and controversial Vivek Wadhwa, who had much to say about everything from the status of women in Silicon Valley to the death of the traditional office. Here are two video pieces that CNN just ran about this FutureCast: the first about women and technology; the second about the future of the office. Our next FutureCast, on Thursday November 14, features David Kirkpatrick, the author of The Facebook Effect and the founder of the excellent Techonomy conference, speaking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. David may be joined by one or two surprise local guests. As usual, we begin FutureCast with drinks at the Foundry at 6.00 pm and then the interactive discussion at 7.00 pm. Please email me if you'd like to added to the guest list. The last events have been oversubscribed, so I can't guarantee a ticket. But I will do my best to get you in.

I hope to see some of my European friends this month. I'm in Pisa on Saturday to speak at the Italian Internet Festival. Then in Brussels next Thursday, October 17, to keynote the Safer Internet Forum. In Brussels, I'll also be presenting a white paper on intellectual property piracy that I just wrote for ICOMP. I'm in London the following weekend for the Battle of Ideas festival, where I'm speaking on three panels including one with fellow y-ddo David Aaronovitch about the death of privacy. Then I go to Zurich on October 22 for another Battle of Ideas conversation about privacy, this one also featuring Gerd Leonhard.

So I hope to see you either later this month in Europe or on November 14 at FutureCast.


Bohemian Rhapsody

Sorry about heading, but I couldn't resist. I was featured as the cover story in this week's edition of my local Sonoma newspaper, the North Bay Bohemian, which was especially fun because of the cover's vertiginous artwork. Other media highlights this month include being interviewed about YouTube on BBC's Culture Show and critiquing Silicon Valley transparency on the Kulturzeit, the German ZDF/3sat tv program.  Also check out my recent TechcrunchTV interviews with the smart economist Tyler Cowen and Internet Hall of Famer Brewster Kahle. I've been doing a lot of public speaking in the last few weeks too. I'm just back from a tour of Asia - having given speeches about digital disruption in Kuala Lumpur and at the Rappler/Google Big Data event in Manila . And i'm returning to Asia this coming week, keynoting the Singapore Fix Conference on Thursday, where I'll be talking about the impact of the digital revolution on the financial industry. Earlier this month, I also had the honor of being the featured speaker at the opening convocation at New Jersey's Rampapo College. All 900 students in Rampapo's freshman class read Digital Vertigo with one or two even agreeing with it.

I'll also be speaking at Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) in San Jose on September 26 and then moderating a panel about wearable computing at the Glazed Conference in San Francisco on September 30. I hope to see some you somewhere in the next couple of weeks so that we can figure out if this is the real life or just fantasy.

Against fireside chats

I'm currently deep in the tropics of Washington DC, speaking tomorrow, June 4, at the modestly named World Creators Summit about how to immodestly monetize one's creativity in the digital age. This coming Thursday, June 6, I'm back in the chilly Bay Area, doing a "fireside chat" (how I hate that term) with David Helgason, CEO of United Technologies, at the Nordic Start-Up evening. Then, next week, I fly to Seoul where I'm speaking at Sparks Labs NEXT conference on June 14. Other speakers at NEXT include Richard Florida and Ray Ozzie, so - if you happen to be in north-east Asia in the middle of next week - do say hello, it promises to be a really fun event. After that, I'm back home to prepare to interview the stimulating and controversial Vivek Wadhwa for our next FutureCast event on June 25 at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto. Vivek will talk about the future of work, innovation, immigration, and (the lack of) female leadership in Silicon Valley. With an exclusive audience of top entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and writers, this promises to be at least as memorable as our first highly interactive salon-style FutureCast event about the future of transportation in April. Please let me know if you like to be considered for an invitation.

Mercifully, we don't allow fireside chats on my "Keen On" TechcrunchTV show. So check out my TCTV conversations with two of the most brilliant minds in technology - Jaron Lanier and Stephen Wolfram - whose perspectives on big data couldn't be more different. Also, if you have a minute, please have a look at my uncharacteristically generous review of Eric Schmidt's new book The New Digital Age.