It's finally P Day for How To Fix The Future! My new book is finally being published and now the real fun starts. The early reviews have been very positive and it's already got a quite a lot of press coverage including this entertaining Recode podcast interview with tech doyenne Kara Swisher. But this week things get serious. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be doing events in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New York City and Washington DC.
I'm kicking off on the West Coast. Tonight, Tuesday February 6, as a launch event, I'm speaking at Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Tomorrow evening, Wednesday February 7, I'm being interviewed by Marshall Kirkpatrick at Powell's in Portland. On Thursday evening, February 8, I'm at the Town Hall in Seattle in conversation with Alex Stonehill.
Next week, I fly East. The evening of Tuesday, February 13, my generous friends at Intelligence Squared are hosting a book party in New York City. Please email me if you'd like an invitation. On Thursday February 15, I'm in conversation with the brilliant Nuala O'Connor at an invitation only event at the Center for Technology and Democracy in Washington DC. And on the evening of Friday February 16, I've being interviewed by my old friend Chris Schroeder at Politics and Prose bookstore in DC.
I'd love to see you at one of these events. Most importantly, I really really hope you'll not only buy the book, but then read it and tell me what you think.
I'm thrilled to announce that my new book, How To Fix The Future, will be released on February 5 in the US and March 6 in the UK. Rather than another critique of contemporary technology, it focuses on how people all over the world - from Estonia to Singapore to India to Brussels and Silicon Valley - are solving the most pressing problems of the digital revolution. I travelled 200,000 miles and interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs, technologists and politicians to research the book. So it's packed with practical solutions to everything from surveilliance capitalism and fake news to internet addiction and the existential threat of artificial intelligence.
Pre publication reviews have been very positive. It just got a starred review on Kirkus Reviews - the publishing industry's gold standard for reviewing new books. "Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world," Kirkus concluded. Booklist described it as "complex yet accessible" and Leonardo da Vinci author Walter Isaacson called the book "bracing" saying it "offers tools for righting our societies and principles to guide us into the future."
I've already got quite a busy schedule for the first half of next year, so please let me know if you want to book a How To Fix The Future speech. Journalists should email if they want review copies. And all early orders or would also, of course, be much appreciated.
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.
So how do we fix the future? That's the question I'll be discussing with the founder of ViaEuropa Deutschland, Anke Domscheit-Berg at DLD New York this Thursday, May 11. Our discussion kicks off the event at 8.30 am - so get there early if you want to hear the very stimulating Domscheit-Berg. How To Fix The Future? Hmmm. Good question. Somebody should write a book about that.
If you can't make it to New York, then I'll be in St Petersburg June 1-3 for the Russian Davos - the St Petersburg Economic Forum. I did request an opportunity to interview Vladimir Putin - but that slot, apparently, has been filled. So i'm moderating an "Is big data a national asset or a commodity?" panel with (they promise) Jeff Bezos, the EU Commissioner of a Single Digital Market and lots of important Russians. Hmmm. Might be fun.
And then I'm off to Rekjavik June 8-9 for the OEB MidSummit where I'll be moderating a debate between e-learning superstars (if that's not a contradiction in terms) Roger Schank and Donald Clark. I've heard that it's a bit dark and miserable in Iceland in June. But we'll see.
Finally, for those of who happen to find yourself on a certain High Road in N17 this coming Sunday afternoon, I'll be there.
Hope to see you somewhere soon. It's going to be a fun few weeks.