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Our Digital Society in the Next 30 Years: An Interview with John Battelle

The next episode of (R)evolution features a very special guest and someone whose work I’ve followed longer than I care to count. Among many things, John Battelle is the co-founder of Wired, Founder of Federated Media and Executive Producer of the Web 2.0 Summit. He’s also the author of an upcoming book, What We Hath Wrought, which gives us a forecast of the interconnected  world in 2040.

While the book isn’t scheduled to release until early 2013, the foundation for his book is an important conversation to start exploring now. From privacy to publicy to plugging in and keeping up to social fatigue and digital recovery and the ongoing tug of war between emerging and disruptive technology, the future of everything is playing out today. Though connections, creation, and curation, you have a role in shaping its direction.

Please take some time to watch the episode and share your thoughts with us…

Season 2 – Episode 8

Season Two:
S2E1: How Mercedes Benz Successfully Uses Social Media to Engage
S2E2: Technorati’s Richard Jalichandra on the State and Future of Social Media
S2E3: Guy Kawasaki on the Art of Enchantment
S2E4: Adly CEO Arnie Gullov-Singh on the Social Era of Celebrity Endorsements
S2E5: Filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain
S2E6: Jim Louderback, Revision3 CEO on the Future of Broadcast and Web Television – Part 1 of 2
S2E7: Jim Louderback, Revision3 CEO on the Future of Broadcast and Web Television – Part 2 of 2
S2E8: Marcel LeBrun of Salesforce Radian6 on the Future of Social Media Monitoring

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18 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Our Digital Society in the Next 30 Years: An Interview with John Battelle”

  1. interesting ! thanks! 

  2. AJ says:

    Fascintating discussion on identity. Heavy stuff. Who you are….Multiple identities depending on the context of our relations. Our identity is our choice of who we are. We should be controlling it. We should own our own words, our identity. By the way: Your identity is known best by your mother 🙂

    Arend Jan Pleizier

  3. Anonymous says:

    The seeing beyond freedom of speech thing really strikes accord

  4. Semantics – yes a key shift in networks and the use of platforms by people will be the ability of technologies to begin understanding and incorporating meaning. This shift is coming and it will turn everything upside down – again. It will also create great opportunities and risks to us and our society.

  5. Bill Everett says:

    In his 1970 paper “Space and the Strategy of Life,” Calhoun with an overly simplified theory predicted some “revolutions.” I date his predicted 1988 “Communication-Electronic Revolution” to have occurred in 1992. Some of his comments on the predicted 2018 “Compassionate-Systems Revolution” are relevant to this discussion. I paraphrase: Roles needed for subset systems to function will increase in kind and number. Fulfilling each role will mean maximizing values particular to its expression. But no role can be adequately fulfilled unless other related roles are also adequately fulfilled. The diversity of values guiding actions will increase. With the increased exposure to value conflicts will come expanded awareness of others’ needs to maintain their differing values. We are also aware that many will have difficulties in developing and altering roles and values to meet the demands of the constantly changing increasingly complex overall system. Compassion in helping others, whom we might once have been, to cope with temporary derailments in the process of changing roles and values will be a paramount need.

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