Brad Templeton founded ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company. (Sold to Individual Inc/Newsedge Corp.) ClariNet published an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines. He has been active in the internet community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world’s most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world’s longest running blog. He has founded 2 software companies and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products.
He is Chairman Emeritus of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading civil rights advocacy group for cyberspace, and working on its new futures project. He is track chair for computing and networks at Singularity University, a new multi-discliplanary school of rapidly changing technology, and was among the founding faculty. He writes and researches the future of automated transportation at Robocars.com and worked for two years on Google’s team building these cars. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute (A nonprofit Nanotech think-tank) and technical advisor to delivery robot company Starship Technologies, BitTorrent, NewAer, and Quanergy. He is also a well known photograper and artist at Burning Man, and a popular speaker at international events on cars, online rights and other topics.
Exponential computing is driving other exponential technology
How do you identify an innovation like the internet ?
open hackable platforms with a culture of innovation
— Most of the smart people do not work for you. leverage the other smart people
— This is how microsoft was beaten in browsers and other areas, open source
Free – the future of a radical price (Chris Anderson)
— Free people from the need to calculate a financial justification on day one
— response to intelligent network
— Put intelligence at the edges. not in network. intelligence in the devices so easy for anyone to upgrade
Software is eating the world, Marc Andreesen
If you are a company, and if software is not the main value of your company then
your company is or will be in trouble. you need to be software based.
New Horizons which went to Pluto had its software upgrade over 9 years after launch
with improved imaging software.
Phone computing networks are trying to get back by putting cloud computing servers into the celltowers.
This will mean high demand and fast response cloud services will be at cell towers with 0.5 second latency
This will be the unfair advantage that phone companies will use to leverage land and infrastructure
Balloons providing internet
the balloons can change altitude to get different speed winds
Facebook, Google and others are working on long duration drones
Google contact lens for measuring sugar in tears for diabetics
But other electronics in contact lenses
Magic Leap has raised $1.4 billion from a list of investors including Google and China’s Alibaba Group.
Magic Leap raised money by putting their augmented reality device onto potential investors
Then they asked them to take a sip of coffee
But the investors hand went through the coffee because the coffee cup was not their it was augmented reality
then that hand wrote a big check
Raspberry Pi Zero, is less than $5.
It would have been on the supercomputer list in the 1980s.
Raspberry Pi Zero. 1Ghz BCM2835 (same as all pre-Pi 2 boards, but overclocked)
Internet of Things
Not here yet, but many interesting products
cheap tags that can network and can used to track other products
Devices could go into pill bottles to track patients properly taking medicine
Killer Apps ?
Can you make something that people used to or currently hire servants to perform
Can things be used to make lives frictionless
Brian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology.
Known for identifying cutting edge technologies, he is currently a Co-Founder of a startup and fundraiser for high potential early-stage companies. He is the Head of Research for Allocations for deep technology investments and an Angel Investor at Space Angels.
A frequent speaker at corporations, he has been a TEDx speaker, a Singularity University speaker and guest at numerous interviews for radio and podcasts. He is open to public speaking and advising engagements.