Future of Text

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I was invited to speak at the Future of Text Symposium. The event was at Google headquarters in Mountain View. It was an open forum to discuss and predict where things are heading with written and visual communication. I gave talk on what we’ve learned about Cola and how messaging is changing the way people communicate and how our app is built to address these issues.

I was one of the few “business” folks presenting. The rest of the speakers were from academia and research. One of the highlights was getting to meet Vint Cerf and get my picture taken with him. He’s a charming guy, and he told me he enjoyed my presentation. That means a lot to me coming from someone like that. I couldn’t help myself, I had to ask if he’s sick of Al Gore jokes.

Me and Vint.

Me and Vint.

Vint Cerf and Peter Norvig

Vint Cerf and Peter Norvig

Chicago Public Library Keynote

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I was honored to give the keynote at this year’s in-service day for more than 900 Chicago Public Library employees. Deputy Commissioner Andrea Saenz and Commissioner Brian Bannon invited me to speak about creativity and explain why it’s important no matter what your job or role at the library. They’re implementing a lot of changes at the library and not everyone is crazy about it. It was my job to make them feel more comfortable about the changes ahead.

Unfortunately, you can’t the slides I painstakingly selected for this preso. My part starts at 19:48.