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Kevin Kelly: On 12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future at SXSW 2016
55 minutes
In a few years we’ll have artificial intelligence that can accomplish professional human tasks. There is nothing we can do to stop this. In addition our lives will be totally 100% tracked by ourselves and others. This too is inevitable. Indeed much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends which are already in motion, and are impossible to halt without halting civilization. Some of what is coming may seem scary, like ubiquitous tracking, or robots replacing humans. Others innovations seem more desirable, such as an on-demand economy, and virtual reality in the home. And some that is coming like network crime and anonymous hacking will be society’s new scourges. Yet both the desirable good and the undesirable bad of these emerging technologies all obey the same formation principles.
Robert Langer: On Engineering for Innovation at MIT
104 minutes
Robert Langer is one of MIT's 13 Institute Professors and the award-winning head of the Langer Laboratory, which works at the interface of biotechnology and materials science. He is a prolific inventor with approximately 750 issued and pending patents worldwide. His breakthrough discoveries have been critical and controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering in the battle against cancer. Some of his findings are also being used to make frizzy hair straight and to try to help Julie Andrews sing again through the use of synthetic vocal chords.
Steve Jobs: On Apple and Success: The Lost Interview
53 minutes
A now famous interview with a young Steve Jobs describing the history of Apple and the stories behind his success. An inspiring watch, an incredible man.
Robert Langer: On Biomaterials for the 21st Century at the Radcliffe Institute
80 minutes
In this lecture, Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examines the enormous impact of biomaterials and biomaterial-based drug delivery systems on human health and how these new technologies might develop and be applied in the future.
Kevin Kelly: On The Next 30 Years in Tech
73 minutes
Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In his provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces.<br>Kelly describes these deep trends—flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. He says that these larger forces will revolutionize the way people buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits.<br>Kelly engages people who seek guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.
George Gilder: On Godel, Information Theory and Capitalism at Uncommon Knowledge
41 minutes
George Gilder's presentation at the New Bridges: Texas symposium held in Dallas, Texas on May 9, 2017. In this discussion Gilder ties together the work of Godel, John Nash and Satoshi Nakamoto. He also describes the parallels between information theory and capitalism.
Kevin Rose: On Paypal, SpaceX and the Future with Elon Musk
26 minutes
Elon Musk if the founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Telsa Motors. He sits down with Kevin for a chat. A good introduction to Kevin's podcast about starting new ventures with the best in the world.
Reid Hoffman: On Politics and Innovation a Debate with Marc Andreessen at Code 2017
38 minutes
Great debate between two of the biggest titans in tech. Marc Andreessen is the co-founder of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. In the early days of the web, Andreessen co-created Mosaic, the first significant graphical internet browser, and cofounded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn in 2003, and last year he sold the company to Microsoft for more than $26 billion; he now has a seat on the Microsoft board. Along the way, he became one of Silicon Valley’s most influential investors and connectors as a partner at Greylock Partners.
Ben Bratton: On The Stack: Design and Geopolitics in the Age of Planetary-Scale Computing
84 minutes
From NSA surveillance to Jihadist social media and the Sino-Google Wars, computation has become more than a type of machine, it is a global infrastructure that is changing not only how governments govern, but what government even is in the first place. <br>We need to take a step back and see a big picture that is different from what was predicted. A new kind of political geography is emerging before our eyes. <br>We should view smart grids, cloud computing, mobile software and smart cities, universal addressing systems, ubiquitous computing and robotics not as unrelated genres of computation but as forming a larger and coherent whole. <br>Together they constitute an accidental megastructure called The Stack. <br>This is not only a planetary-scale computing system, it is also a new architecture for how we divide up the world into sovereign spaces. <br>The Nation-State isn't going away but it is evolving into a Cloud platform, and perhaps vice versa. This poses extraordinary challenges for design and geopolitics. By seeing the whole we stand a better chance of designing a system we will want to inhabit. <br>In this talk, we'll map The Stack we have and sketch The Stack-to-come.
Sam Altman: On Thinking for the Future with Elon Musk
47 minutes
The C.E.O. of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, and Y Combinator president Sam Altman foresee tech’s next innovations. Moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin, of The New York Times and CNBC.
Marc Andreessen: On In Tech We Trust? A Debate with Peter Thiel
57 minutes
Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen are Silicon Valley luminaries, epic entrepreneurs and prominent financiers. Both have something to say about where high-tech is taking the world economy, and what is being left behind. Andreessen, co-developer of the first Web browser and now a top venture capitalist, expects software to automate and ultimately dominate most other industries. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, has written in depth about what he considers the stagnation of innovation in fields that others see as emblems of progress: energy, pharmaceuticals, space exploration, nanotech and much more. In fact, Thiel links the austerity gripping the Western world to productivity gains that never happened. Join these acute observers for a unique exchange on science, business and innovation, or the lack thereof
Peter Thiel: On the Future of Technology and Movements to Watch from March 2017
46 minutes
Peter Thiel discusses the future of technology, movements to keep an eye on in both entrepreneurship and investing. It's a broad discussion but Peter always has counterintuitive thoughts and disapproves of the idea of trends and buzzwords. A visionary contrarian.
Balaji Srinivasan: On The Network State
32 minutes
This is a follow up to the Balaji talk at Startup School on exiting systems. He explores the dynamics at play as power shifts from the nation-states to other systems.