May 18, 2011
Wired Conference 2011
Earlier this month, I was asked to speak at the 2011 Wired Conference held in lower Manhattan. I really love conferences, such as this one, because I learn so much about new technology and its ever-evolving trends. There were many prominent speakers, including Bill Gates. I was honored to be included on the roster. Hosting the event was Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine, a must-read for those who want to stay on the cutting edge. Please visit the Wired Web site to see video clips of this event.
1 The Wired Conference took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.
2 Here I am with Gael Towey - MSLO Chief Creative and Editorial Director - waiting for Bill Gates to speak.
3 Salman Khan (on right), Founder of The Khan Academy - received the first ever MDC Humanitarian Award for his work. His academy delivers educational tools across the world. http://www.khanacademy.org
4 Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is more of a philanthropist now and spoke about energy innovation.
5 Bill said we need a global solution for energy and he advocates a safer nuclear power.
6 The US has 100 nuclear plants and France, 70. There are 400 nuclear plants in the world. China will be building many more.
7 Chris Sacca and Paul Buchheit from Y Combinator spoke about angel investing in new technology.
8 Y Combinator is a filter of new technology, introducing it to Silicon Valley and elsewhere.
9 Y Combinator invests twice a year in startups - the average investment is only $18,000 for each one. An excellent way for new start-ups to launch.
10 Johnny Chung Lee - Interface Technology Researcher - spoke about video game controller 'hacks'. He is famous for Nintendo Wii remote hacks.
11 An example of a 'hack' - this individual is actually controlling this small scale robot to emulate his movements via the Microsoft Kinect.
12 Mick Mountz from Kiva Systems had some amazing things to show us.
13 His company provides robotic warehouse solutions.
14 These shelving unit pods actually move around the warehouse independently.
15 A robot beneath picks them up and shuttles them around the warehouse.
16 The robot delivers the pod to the packer so he or she may complete an order.
17 A more detailed explanation - The necessary pod is first identified.
18 The robot lifts the pod.
19 The robots move without crashing into one another.
20 Even more amazing, the system knows which items are in greater demand. High demand items are positioned at the perimeters, making them easier to access.
21 An amazing diagram of robots at work - The black squares are the robots and the colors represent pods. The red pods are used the most and are at the front of the packing area.
22 All through the conference was an interactive poll set up by Microsoft. Every audience member was given a remote, allowing them to provide instant feedback to questions posed on stage.
23 A question with answer choices and instant polling results
24 Carl Bass spoke about the future of DIY 3D manufacturing.
25 This brown futuristic chair was manufactured from a 3D photo of a chair model that was electronically sent to an automated manufacturing facility.
26 This same technique was used to make a 3D model of Chris's head.
27 Chris thought the reproduction was rather flattering.
28 Backstage with Tim O'Reilly - founder of O'Reilly Media @timoreilly
29 Next, it was my turn to take the stage. Chris and I spoke about how MSLO embraced the tablet as part of our business.
30 I feel strongly that you must invest in the future if you are going to be in the future. You'll have a hard time retaining employees if you don't make that investment.
31 And speaking of the future - I was lucky enough to have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch on hand, which won't be released until next month. Chris hadn't seen one yet and was impressed.
Photos By Martha Stewart and Eliad Laskin