Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava (@rohitbhargava) is an innovation and marketing expert and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books on topics as wide-ranging as the future of business and building a brand with personality. His signature book Non-Obvious is updated annually with 15 new trend predictions and has been read by more than 1 million readers.

He has delivered sold-out keynote presentations and workshops to business leaders in 32 countries.  Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, BP, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others.

Outside of his consulting work, Rohit also teaches a popular course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown. For the past 14 years, Rohit has written his personal “Influential Marketing Blog” and he has been featured in publications including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR.

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Douglas Rushkoff - Throwing Rocks at Google Bus

Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff) is an author, teacher and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. He has been named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT.

Douglas’ work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice.

Douglas is the author twenty books including bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus and is releasing his new book Team Human based off his podcast.

He has written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries – The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier. Most recently, he made Generation Like, an exploration of teens, marketers, and social media.

Douglas is also a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. His novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen. Douglas also served as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture and regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Larry King to the Colbert Report and Bill Maher.

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David Smith - Cloud Developer AdvocateDavid Smith (@revodavid) is the Cloud Developer Advocate and R Community Lead at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, David was the Chief Community Officer (and is current editor-in-chief) of Revolution Analytics, a daily news about using open source R for big data analysis, predictive modeling, data science, and visualization since 2008.

David has a knack for building user communities and is currently the Vice President of Community for REvolution Computing, David focuses on promoting and supporting the commercial use of the open-source data analysis software system R.

David is a co-author of the tutorial manual An Introduction to R, one of the originating developers of ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics and is also a member of the board of the R Consortium.

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The ethical problems of analyzing data
  • Why AI will affect so many massive industries
  • How governments need to start thinking about AI/ML
  • The reason David thinks artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys
  • Why we’re still decades off from artificial general intelligence
  • The tech giant effect on AI and data science
  • How Microsoft is leading the way towards tech future
  • David’s thoughts on the future of tech monopolies
  • Why the battle for the future is based on attracting developers
  • Where cloud computing is headed from here
  • Why open ecosytems and opensource almost always wins

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