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Conference Speaker

Conference Speaker

I do speak at a variety of conferences on many topics, mostly about the future of technology or the issues at the EFF.

Venue in Beijing for Baidu's BIG TALK: The Forbidden City
My most popular topic today is the future of self-driving cars. Forbes Magazine called my session on that at the New York 2009 Singularity Summit the crowd favorite. Even on serious topics, my talks are usually funny.

For my major recent talks I have a talk catalog with details.

I also have a list of endorsements from organizers of previous events I have spoken at.

My top topics and best talks are about:

  • The coming of robot cars and their impact on society
  • Hot computing topics: The internet's secret sauce; abundance of bandwidth; VR/AR; the reality of the "internet of things" and snippets on other topics below.
  • Bitcoin and the future of money
  • Privacy in the future, The NSA and the Snowden disclosures
  • Copyright and the creative economy -- how people can make money from creative work in the post-scarcity world.

In addition I can cover a number of other interesting topics, including:

  • Free Speech and the PATRIOT Act
  • The dark side of Web 2.0/cloud computing, social networks, data portability and single sign-on.
  • Singularity topics: Nanotechnology, AI, Patternism (copyable people and AIs) or "Would you let Mr. Scott beam you up in the Transporter?"
  • Spam
  • Internet governance and domain names
  • How to organize operating systems
  • Instant Messaging, Presence and Voice over IP
  • CALEA, Universal Service Fund, e911 and Network Neutrality
  • "They're coming for your computer" -- a general talk on digital freedom issues
  • Electronic publishing, e-books and science fiction publishing
  • The automation of good and evil
  • History of the internet, USENET and dot-coms

I'm asked to speak on these topics in part because of my because of my history with comedy. I usually get the audience laughing unless it's one of the scary talks. Sometimes even then.

Contact me for terms and speaking fees. Fees depend on distance and schedule elements. I regret that I do this enough that I rarely do events for free or low cost.