What new trends will emerge in the next several years? Find out at one of the Churchill Club’s most anticipated events of the year: the 13th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends debate. Be sure to get your seat as we welcome some of the techno-industries’ leading (and most opinionated) luminaries as they evaluate predictions for the years ahead. Visionaries at SRI International—the institute that has conducted $4B in research in the last decade and spun out 40 ventures—have taken their best shot at predicting the biggest trends of them all. Our distinguished panel will rate and debate the trends. And our usual live audience of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest—all with opinions of your own—will be asked to agree or disagree.
Dr. Curtis Carlson is President and Chief Executive Officer of SRI International.
Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Who put the "J" in DFJ? A top venture man, around Silicon Valley, he's like a kid in a candy store, transforming science fiction into fact with such enterprises as NeoPhotonics, SpaceX, and Synthetic Genomics. Steve was the first kid on his block to own a Tesla Model S electric car. Actually, he was the first one in the world: he's on Tesla's board, too. Favorite hobby? Rocketry.
Tony Perkins is a Venture Partner with DFJ Frontier. He is the creator and former editor-in-chief of Red Herring magazine and the CEO of AlwaysOn, an interactive online network for technology insiders.
Perkins co-authored The Internet Bubble: Inside the Overvalued World of High-Tech Stocks (HarperBusiness, 1999), a book that foretold the dot-com bust. It became an international bestseller; a sequel was published in 2001. As a result of his prolific editorial output, he is consistently ranked as one of the top ten technology business journalists by Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine.
Perkins served on President George W. Bush's Information Technology Advisory Council and he was the founding chairman of the Churchill Club in Palo Alto, California, for which he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
He has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Media Leaders group since 1996. Perkins was also founder and CEO of Upside Publishing and Vice President of Business Development at Silicon Valley Bank.
Perkins continues to chronicle the technology world in a regular column for the Wall Street Journal and as television commentator for MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, CNBC, BBC, and Bloomberg Television.
Tony Perkins graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Western European History/Political Science.
Ajay Royan is the Managing Director of Clarium Capital.
Paul Saffo is a forecaster and strategist with over two decades experience exploring long-term technological change and its practical impact on business and society. He was initiated into the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in 2000 and is chairman of the Most Important Committee.
Saffo is Chairman of the Samsung Science Board, and serves on a variety of other boards and advisory panels, including the Stanford Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Society, and the Long Now Foundation, as well as the boards of several public and pre-public companies located the United States and abroad. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and has served as an advisor and Forum Fellow to the World Economic Forum, which in the late 1990s named Saffo one of its "100 Global Leaders For Tomorrow."
During Churchill Club's annual Top Ten Tech Trends event, Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, predicts that Silicon Valley technology will lead the way in bringing higher education to the developing world, and that the U.S. will in turn benefit from the byproducts of trickle-up innovation.
Panelists at the Churchill Club's annual Top Ten Tech Trends event debate whether or not social networks are beggining to develop an "uncool factor" among early adopters. Futurist Paul Saffo predicts a shift towards "meaningful social networks" and a growing trend towards being disconnected. "The cool thing will be to not be on LinkedIn and to not be on Facebook," says Saffo.
Application of knowledge to the practical aims of human life or to changing and manipulating the human environment. Technology includes the use of materials, tools, techniques, and sources of power to make life easier or more pleasant and work more productive. Whereas science is concerned with how and why things happen, technology focuses on making things happen. Technology began to influence human endeavour as soon as people began using tools. It accelerated with the Industrial Revolution and the substitution of machines for animal and human labour. Accelerated technological development has also had costs, in terms of air and water pollution and other undesirable environmental effects.
It's actually already happening.
Over 65% of Facebook's traffic comes from games, and apparently the average social gamer is a a 43 years old woman.
Facebook is following the same road of Geocities or MySpace before, going rapidly from explosively increasing popularity to "uncool".
MySpace went from social showcase to "geocities for bands". Facebook is rapidly becoming "the place where old ladies play flash games".
In 2009 57% of HR managers "admitted to" using "social and business networking sites to review potential candidates in hiring. Which means the number was probably higher than 57% and, here in 2011, I'm guessing is approaching 100%. As someone "noted" in my field I often receive requests to "friend" someone I don't know. I assume showing me as a "friend" might look good on their "networking resume". As an aside, I ignore those who I do not know. Everything from Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn to comments made on blogs many years ago often remain in your electronic record for decades. "Plan" a stellar" electronic network resume and it can help your career later in life even if you are only 14 years old today. Parents who help guide their children's future and wish them success as adults should take an active interest in their on-line activity. NOT to inject falsehoods, invade their privacy or "run their lives" but just make sure they understand words they write today might make a crucial difference in their life decades from now. How the world has changed!