02 Jul Byron Reese
Speaker: Byron Reese
Author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War”, Futurist,and Technologist
- The Coming Golden Age Of Humanity
- Greatness: How To Change The World For Centuries To Come
- Big Data And The Perfectibility Of Humanity
- How Technology Is Changing Us
An accomplished high-tech trailblazer, author, inventor, entrepreneur, and eternal optimist, keynote speaker Byron Reese delivers audiences and readers an infectious sense of possibility and wonder. Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist, and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.
“The new challenge for humanity will not be how to chip away at the old problems,” says keynote speaker Byron Reese, “but what to do in a world where we can do anything.” His first book, “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War” has been called “a prophetic book,” “an essential road map,” and “an antidote to the harmful gloom and moralizing that pervades most discussions of the future.”
Referring to his time as Chief Innovation Officer at Demand Media, Bloomberg Businessweek credits keynote speaker Byron Reese with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” Wired Magazine described him as “a tall Texan who … created the idea-spawning algorithm that lies at the heart of Demand’s process.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head.” And Business Insider concluded that Byron “seems like a kooky – and awesome guy … We’d love to buy him a beer.”
Speaker Byron Reese started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media. Byron currently is the publisher and CEO of Gigaom, a technology research and analysis firm helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.
The Coming Golden Age Of Humanity
In this electrifying talk, Reese compellingly demonstrates how current technological changes will ultimately bring about the end of poverty, disease, hunger, ignorance and war. Reese explores how these historical problems of humanity are fundamentally problems of technology, and thus will have technological solutions, solutions we will find much sooner than is commonly believed.
Greatness: How To Change The World For Centuries To Come
The world has, throughout human history, changed. Almost always, this change is for the better. Through civilization we have raised life expectancy, standard of living, access to education, and political liberty. How has this change been brought about? Largely through the actions of individuals driven to change the world. This talk focuses on how that change happens, and looks at best practices as to how virtually any individual can have literally worldwide effect on the history of the planet.
Big Data And The Perfectibility Of Humanity
This talk explores how the widespread proliferation of cheap sensors of all kinds will create a vast collective memory for the planet which will serve as a record of every cause and effect. This data will be scoured for associations that will be turned into algorithms which optimize every decision we have to make in life. And while we may not always choose to do those things, it will effectively make every person on the planet vastly wiser than the wisest person who has ever lived. In the future, no one will ever need to make a mistake again.
How Technology Is Changing Us
The direct effects of technology on society and culture are evident all around us. We are seeing an unprecedented societal shift towards decentralization of power and a rise in individualism. However, not as obvious, are the second-order effects of technology on the world. This talk examines how technology is unintentionally causing our lives to become more and more untethered from the institutions by which people have traditionally defined themselves, and tries to understand eventual impact of this untethering on our daily lives, community, family, business, laws, and education.