Recap: TTI/Vanguard Generation Techs Conference

Earlier last week I had the chance to attend and speak at a private TTI/Vanguard conference entitled Generation Techs. Due to the nature of the conference I am not allowed to say who was in attendance but I hope to share some of the more interesting things discussed. As I told the conference organizers, it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The people in attendance were accomplished and influential visionaries within their fields. You can get a good sense for the conference just by reading about from the TTI/Vanguard advisory board.

TTI/Vanguard Generation Techs Conference in Rome, Italy

My Talk

Paul Stamatiou at Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The conference was about the digital gap between generations and the emergence of so-called millennials or digital natives. My talk delved into my predictions for the near future, a day in the life of how I use technology, and a Skribit demo to show how it establishes a feedback loop amongst site authors and readers that digital natives have become so accustomed to.

Web 3.0 is supposedly all about the so-called semantic web and machines being able to communicate with machines. This process involves adding meta data into existing structures to identify what exactly each piece of information is, but I think we need the ability for machines to understand humans. In 5-10 years, natural language processing will be able to coherently comprehend human language and its use. Imagine being able to feed a piece of NLP software information about you - from your Twitter archives to your blog posts - and just "understand" who you are, like a piece of artificial intelligence formed around your tastes and opinions. Then that could be used to cut down information overload by applying it as post-processing. Imagine having a system know all of your previous interactions with anyone online and being able to prioritize your emails for you, or even act on your behalf. But of course, with great power comes great responsibility.

The Vatican in Rome, Italy


Paul Stamatiou at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
In no particular order, here are some of the focuses of the conference that I picked up on or thought were interesting:
Dinner atop the Hilton Cavalieri Hotel in Rome, Italy

Related: Thoughts on the Future of the Web, When in Rome..


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