I had the amazing fortune of speaking yesterday about Vertigine Digitale at Universita Ca Foscari Venezia. This was the view from the lecture hall. I was, to steal another word from Hitch, spellbound.
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.
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.
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.
I write a monthly newsletter which you sign up for here. My September newsletter made news with former FT journalist Tom Foremski suggesting on ZDNet that I get paid up to $50,000 for my speaking gigs. “There’s gold in techno-pessimism”, Foremski thus notes about my packed schedule. And October, I’m pleased to report, continues to be golden. Already this month I’ve given speeches in London, Amsterdam and Southampton University and this weekend I’m in London for The Battle of Ideas festival where I’m doing a panel about the future of big ideas. Next week I’m in Chicago for a debate about education with David Weinberger at the Learning 3.0 conference and I end the month in Osaka, speaking about financial privacy at the Sibos conference.
According to Foremski’s maths, then, I’ll earn around $350,000 in October. Not bad for a vulgar techno-pessimist, eh?
And November is equally golden. I’m in Belgium and Holland for the first half of the month, launching the Dutch version of Digital Vertigo. I’m speaking at iMinds in Ghent on November 8, TEDx Brussels on November 12, Media & Learning Brussels on November 14 and the BorderSessions festival in The Hague on November 16. I’m then in Istanbul on November 21 for a speech about education at the Kalite Kongresi and in Guadalajara on November 23 to speak at the Iberoamerican Publishers Conference.
Getting from Istanbul to Guadalajara in 24 hours might be tricky. But I guess I can always buy a private jet.
Hope to see some of you in the next few weeks. Drinks on me, of course.