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Conference Speaker

Conference Speaker

I do speak at a variety of conferences on many topics, mostly related to EFF issues, but also futurism.

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.

Some of the topics you might want me for include:

  • The coming of robot cars and their impact on society
  • Bitcoin and the future of money
  • The NSA and the Snowden disclosures
  • Copyright and the creative economy -- how people can make money from creative work in the post-scarcity world.
  • Free Speech, PATRIOT Act
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and threats from the future
  • 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, domain names
  • How to organize operating systems
  • Instant Messaging, Presence and Voice over IP
  • CALEA, Universal Service Fund, e911 and Network Neutrality
  • How AT&T let the NSA wiretap all your data and what we're doing to stop it
  • "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.

What it takes to get me to come speak depends on a number of factors. Speaking fees can relate to how strongly I wish to visit a place for tourism or other personal activities.

Areas of travel interest include much of Europe (including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Nice, Amsterdam, Oslo, and Zurich,) India, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and anywhere beautiful and fascinating.

Send me an E-mail to tell me what you're looking for.