I love speaking at SXSW. It’s a firehose of presentations and conversations that frankly, I find awesome. Following the usual protocol, I submitted my 2022 proposal and now it’s down to your votes! Please take a look at my presentation “Neureality: The Building of Our 21st Century Minds and cast a vote. It’s going to be an amazing conversation!”
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I recently had the pleasure of giving a guest lecture at Parsons School of Design. My presentation, “Designing for a Differently Intelligent Future” is drawn from parts of my latest book, Future Minds. It was a lot of fun and as always, I think I enjoyed the Q&A the most. A big thank you to friend and trend analyst Tim Stock for inviting me to speak with his class. Let’s do it again!
It was almost exactly half a year ago that the official book launch for Future Minds at Town Hall Seattle was postponed. We expected to have a packed house, but I cancelled it two weeks earlier as it became apparent that any sort of large gathering would be irresponsible given the impending pandemic. Six months later, it was finally time to return to THS, albeit virtually, for the “official” launch party! A huge thank you to Wier Harman, Shane Unger and everyone at Town Hall Seattle, as well as the evening’s official bookseller, Third Place Books.
Emory won with a 3.81 average rating (out of a possible 5.0), earning them the $500,000 top prize. Each of the past two years’ winners have exceeded the average rating of the previous year’s winner. The eventual goal of the competition is to achieve a 4.0 rating while conversing with a human interactor for a minimum of twenty minutes.
It’s been an honor to be a part of this innovative competition – my third year as an Amazon #AlexaPrize finalist judge. I look forward to seeing what next year’s competition brings and what all of the competitors do with their amazing talent in the future!
Which is just one of the reasons why the publication of After Shock: The World’s Foremost Futurists Reflect on 50 Years of Future Shock—and Look Ahead to the Next 50 is so exciting to me. Not only do I get to revisit the Tofflers’ original ideas, but to also gain insights into the many influences it had on futurists all over the world, including many of my friends and colleagues. That I was invited to write one of the chapters is icing on the cake! I hope you enjoy this insightful collection of essays.