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TED: When Cars Become Alive (my 3 min speech)

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In the above short video (or access directly), I make the case that your future car will be like a living creature, able to predict what we want, and even start to reproduce.

I had a mere three minutes to present and deliver a single concept on the largest physical TED stage in Frankfurt Germany in conjunction with BMW at the world’s largest auto show. Over 180 people submitted ideas, and 6 folks were invited by the TED team to bring that idea to the stage. Of course, I was delighted to be selected. We had many planning calls, and a seasoned TED speaker was assigned to mentor me. I rehearsed about 50 times, and we did multiple dress rehearsals to get it right. Weeks of preparing for just a few minutes on stage –I gave it my all.

My topic? What happens when powerful AI connects to self driving cars, what kind of world would it be?

First, these self driving cars will connect to our online Calenders, giving them ability to automatically escort us around. Then they’ll connect to our smart fridges, getting the milk and eggs before they run out. Then they’ll connect to our social networks, analyzing what type of mood we’re in, setting the experience of the ride. Then they’ll connect to our search engines, and can take us to places we didn’t even know we’d love. It thinks, anticipates, and acts before we know we need something.

At that magical point, these cars become alive, but it won’t stop there. These cars will act like humans. They’ll generate revenues just as human workers do, by offering rides to individuals and ferrying parcels around town. Then, they’ll self-charge, just as we eat our meals and drink our energy drinks. After that, they’ll use their savings to upgrade their tires, upholstery, and even have installed a new VR entertainment system. At this next magical point, it knows to purchase another car, to increase its fleet, it reproduces just as humans do.

In this radical future, these distributed managed vehicles will become like a living species, able to self-sustain, grow, and reproduce. Of course this sounds far-fetched but we’re seeing similar behaviors with Blockchain: decentralized, unknown creator, and it’s growing at a scalable rate.

So what type of future does this mean for society? I address this in the speech, but I am optimistic that we can create a meaningful society for us all, but we need to start planning now –the impacts to society are not an afterthought we can clean up later, these technologies are going to grow at exponential rates.

2015 Is the Year of the Crowd (Slides & Video)

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In the embedded presentation above, I assert that 2015 Is the Year of the Crowd, and make the point in a few ways:

  • The growth in nearly every sector of society with the expanded Collaborative Economy (healthcare, logistics, municipal, corporate and more), see Honeycomb 2,
  • Massive funding in this space, which has overtook funding to popular social networks, see spreadsheet,
  • How the disruptive incumbents are pushing back –legitimizing the movement, see disruption deck,
  • How brands are moving into this space, their adoption is clipping upward, see timeline of brands,
  • How Crowd Companies, a council for large brands that we founded, which has experienced over 100% growth, see Crowd Companies.

Below is the predictions slide, which calls out an area for discussion across the whole movement. In particular, read Lisa Gansky’s piece on Fast Company on how the startups should start sharing the value with the people that are making them popular. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what the future spells for the Collaborative Economy in this coming year.


FIVE 2015 PREDICTIONS:
Ten Minute Video:
This presentation was from the LewEb keynote in Paris on Dec 9, 2014 (picture of audience), you can watch the live video, to get the full context of the slides, below:

The Power of Collaboration

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Today is the start of a long journey, as businesses can also be part of this new economy.

I’m excited! Today is a milestone, it’s the first Crowd Companies council session –we’re kicking off!

The above video was played in our session, to set the tone of the council, we worked with Visually, a collaborative marketplace to get it created. Crowd Companies now has 26 companies in the council, and 22 startups from the collaborative movement.

Together, we’re exploring, discussing, learning, engaging, connecting, and activating within the Collaborative Economy. All within a program focused on the business models and trends we see emerging.

Our speakers are authors, startup CEOs, the members themselves, and even folks who are living a sharing lifestyle day to day. Everyone brought together to think along the lines of innovation – The goal is that brands win and startups too.

This month, we’re setting the foundation for the council, and I’ll present our vision, along with the key business models we see emerging. In Feb, we’ll focus deep on the Sharing Economy and have author of The Mesh, Lisa Gansky present, followed by Neal Gorenflo the founder of Shareable magazine and then council member discussions.

In March, we’ll focus on the Maker movement with the CEO of Techshop, Mark Hatch who authored the book the Maker Manifesto, along with startups from our Innovation Network sharing how they want to work with large companies. In future months, the council will help to share the topics in which we’ll explore.

In addition, we’re trying our best to live this movement too. So far, we’ve used: Crowdspring, Zirtual, Visually, co-working at the Impact Hub, Uber, Airbnb, Visually, TaskRabbit, and many other services. We’re learning into this new economy, as it makes business sense and the best way to learn is by doing.

Professionally, launching this company has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor ever. And I’m deeply thankful for all of the support and encouragement from people like you.

Since I have you, I’d like to do a little crowdsourcing of our own and get YOU involved. We put up a FAQ on our website and I’d really appreciate you visiting and letting me know if there should be additional questions answered on this page. We want to be as transparent as possible and look forward to your questions.

Today is the start of a long journey, as businesses can also be part of this new economy.

2014 Collaborative Economy Predictions on NBC (video)

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Above:  The embedded video player will allow you to play the short, 8 minute clip from my interview in the “hot seat” on NBC.

Happy New Year all, it’s great to ring in the new year, right after the Dec 10th launch of my new company, Crowd Companies.   To kick start the new year, NBC asked me to go to their Silicon Valley TV studio for the Press:Here show hosted by Scott McGrew to give three predictions for 2014 around the collaborative economy. Here’s what I told them, which you can also watch above:

  1. Uber will start to threaten Amazon, as they can deliver goods at local level. Uber can deliver at a local level, faster than 3-day shipping from an Amazon fulfillment center. It’s also worth noting that Uber’s major investor is Google, who has Google Shopping Express, Google Wallet, Waze, search, and more.
  2. A major hotel chain will launch their own branded version of Airbnb.  Using white label marketplace software like NearMeCo, or Sharetribe, brands will start to build their own versions of marketplaces.  I predict a major hotel chain will do this first –franchising the crowd, just as they franchise business owners.
  3. Scanning and printing of 3D objects will cause manufacturers to turn their heads.   Much how we saw the democratization of media with Napster and Torrent sites, we’ll start to see P2P file sharing of 3D printed items, as well as people start to experiment creating simple items.

And yeah, I’m wearing a tie, a rare occurrence, as I thought I’d start the near year spiffy. I was joined by Jon Swartz of USA Today, Michal Lev-Ram of Fortune, and our host Scott McGrew.  Also, a special thanks to Todd Defren, Alex Cohen and the SHIFT Communications team who were a huge help in the media outreach for Crowd Companies.

Techcrunch TV: A Fireside Chat with Andrew Keen on Future of Internet

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Over the years, I have watched author, speaker, advisor and host Andrew Keen’s position on the social web, he continues to challenge the status quo of the crowd, bringing balance. Andrew serves a very important role in the industry by curbing the exuberance of social by thinking about the short term and long term ramifications to business, society, and personal lives, in fact, his next book Digital Vertigo is out, discussing the topic of how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us.

Topics we covered in this short 15 min clip:

  • What’s the next phase of the internet and social web? What are the up and downsides?
  • The battle between Google vs Facebook, who’s got the upper hand, and why?
  • Why is it like 1:40am on the dance floor and software players are selling vs IPO?

Andrew invited me to join him in the hip Techcrunch studios in SOMA SF, to discuss the future of the Internet and social. We discussed the industry at large, and how I think the next phase of social is data driven, performance based, and to some degree …automated. Join us in this short 15 minute video clip of rapid fire questions and my semi-coherant answers, in this fireside interview with Andrew Keen. I look forward to your comments below.

Video: Why Google Wants to Move into Hardware (This Week in Google)

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Why is Google launching so many hardware devices like Nexus tablets, the Q (Home media) laptops, desktops, phones, and even augmented reality glasses? They want to be ‘connective tissue’ across all digital experiences, harness the data, make it useful to you, then figure out how to monetize it, primarily with ads. To summarize, their mission is to organize the world’s information, and sell it back to us, and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you understand this contract up front.

I had the pleasure of joining This Week in Google show with Leo Laporte (Wikipedia), Gina Trapani (Wikipedia), and Jeff Jarvis (Wikipedia) for the second time, and we discussed Google’s new strategy, what it means, and how web technologies continues to change as it impacts consumers, brands, and the industry. Unlike short ‘broad-cast’ media clips, this is a long form, deep ‘narrow-cast’, that explores a number of related news topics and insights, so grab some coffee, get a comfortable chair, and settle in for this show on This Week on Google.

The video is embedded below, or you can find it on the This Week in Tech website.


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