Day one at Global Directions was nothing short of amazing. After Document Imaging President, Dolores Kruchten, kicked off the conference, Ray Kurzweil blew my mind–which I pretty much expected. His examples of what will be possible with data and exponential computing power over time to drive innovation showed how everything from our bodies to our businesses will change. Knowing that someday–by wrangling big data into becoming smart data–it will be possible for us to modify our biology or use nanotechnology to become infinitely smarter and virtually immortal is amazing.
Here are a few of Tweets about Kurzweil’s appearance at Global Directions. For more live commentary from the conference, use hashtag #gd13.
Following Kurzweil, hundreds of attendees watched a panel moderated by WSJ Editor Michael Hickins and featured three out of four keynoters–VP of Smarter Business Solutions at IBM, Neil Isford; Director & Azure Evangelist at Microsoft, Steve Fox; and Chief Enterprise Strategy Officer at Salesforce Bruce Richardson–as well as Ray. Why were they all on a panel together? Because some of the concepts and predictions that Kurzweil made are being undertaken by companies like Google (where he is the Chief Engineer), IBM, Salesforce, and Microsoft. It was an amazing opportunity to see tech titans discuss what’s being done today around data and what the future could look like.
Want to see more thoughts that audience members shared on Twitter in real time? Here’s a collection of posts for each keynote presenter (during their solo sessions).
Neil Isford, VP of Smarter Business Solutions, IBM (topic: “Analytics: Real world use of big data”)
Steve Fox, Director & Azure Evangelist, Microsoft (topic: “Microsoft & the modern business application”)
Umesh Vemuri, Head of Enterprise Federal Sales engineering, Google (topic: “Google Enterprise: Work the way you live–Everywhere, everything, & everyone”)
Bruce Richardson, Chief Enterprise Strategy Officer, Salesforce (topic: “The desktop is dead”)
Global Directions’ opening day was a first-rate experience. If you attended, do you feel the same way? What’s your take on the Twitter commentary during the keynote “marathon?”
Stay tuned for a recap of the second and third days of the conference.
Over and out,