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.
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.
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.
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.
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.