Speakers Singapore Sept 2017

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble

World Leading Tech Author & Entrepreneur

(Silicon Valley)

As entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR Robert travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of emerging technology.

Robert is the co-author of "The Fourth Transformation: Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence" (coauthored with Shel Israel).

In the beginning, there were mainframe computers and punch cards. Since then, we've seen three transformations. The latest, augmented reality plus artificial intelligence, will change more than the previous three combined. 

Each transformation opened up new opportunities, new capabilities, and created new companies and sources of wealth. Each transformation also killed technologies, deprecated old ways of doing things, and destroyed companies.

The next transformation will do exactly the same thing, the fourth transformation, Scoble and Israel say, will "will move technology from what we carry to what we wear." The user interface will change from a "screen you tap to computer-generated images that you actually touch and feel."

"Mixed-reality glasses will control self-driving cars, drones, robots, and the Internet of things (IoT), but they will do a lot more than just that: they will blur the lines between that which is real and that which is a computer-generated illusion," say Scoble and Israel. "Now, instead of sitting and passively watching stuff on screens, we will become immersed and surrounded, wandering freely in and around it."

Shopping will change, Scoble and Israel say. We'll see metadata about products, selfie avatars showing us in that new shirt or shoes, instant mixed-reality constructions teasing us with a view of that new sofa in our living room.

"AI allows hardware and software platforms to perform tasks as if they were human," Scoble and Israel say. "These include visual-perception-enabled photo recognition of your favorite pet, natural language recognition such as we use when talking with Siri, and autonomous decision-making such as could be used in killer drones."

Ultimately, as well, AI will increase the pace of change.

And that too will require adaptation from people and from business:

"In fact, everything, everything will be different and overwhelmingly so," the authors say. "Despite the potential for significant downsides, things will be better."

by John Koetsier

forbes.com

Robert has interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books (“The Age of Context” a book coauthored with Shel Israel), YouTube and many social media sites where he’s followed by millions of people.

As entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR, he spent 2016 working with the virtual reality ecosystem to figure out what media and conference businesses Upload needs to build next. He also assisted startups in the Upload Collective (a coworking space) in their efforts to get to market.

Robert is a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (his father was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 he has been building online communities. In 2000 he started a technology blog and his life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 he worked at Microsoft as an evangelist and one of the five guys who started Microsoft’s famous Channel9 video community.

Time: One of the top 140 Twitterers!

FT: One of the five most influential Twitterers!

Inc. Top 5 on list of Tech Power Players You Need to Know

We are very excited to be hosting Robert on his first trip to Singapore to speak at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 September.

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