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Byron Reese      

High-tech trailblazer, futurist, technologist, historian, inventor, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, eternal optimist; Former CIO for Demand Media

Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.

As a futurist, he understands the unprecedented technological change upon us and explores the dramatic transformation of society it will bring. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he knows how to manage change and inspire innovation, while still meeting the immediate obligations and realities of operating a business.

Byron’s keynotes and appearances include SXSW, TEDx Austin, fortune 1000 companies (Dell Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Oticon, Swisslog) and universities (University of Texas, Queen’s University, TWU, Rice) and futurist conferences (PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, Wolfram Data Summit, and the IEEE Conference) among others.

Byron set up his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media. Today Byron is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, a technology research and analysis firm focused on helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.

In addition to serving in a wide range of senior management roles, from CEO, to VP of Marketing, to Chief Innovation Officer, Byron has produced a diverse body of patented work, and given dozens of talks to both technical and non-technical audiences around the world.

A highly sought after keynote speaker, enlightening attendees across nations, Byron is an in demand forward thinker in his field.

Speech Topics

The Coming Golden Age of Humanity

In this electrifying talk, Reese compellingly demonstrates how current technological changes will ultimately bring about the end of poverty, disease, hunger, ignorance and war. Reese explores how these historical problems of humanity are fundamentally problems of technology, and thus will have technological solutions, solutions we will find much sooner than is commonly believed.

How Technology is Changing Us

The direct effects of technology on society and culture are evident all around us. We are seeing an unprecedented societal shift towards decentralization of power and a rise in individualism. However, not as obvious, are the second-order effects of technology on the world. This talk examines how technology is unintentionally causing our lives to become more and more untethered from the institutions by which people have traditionally defined themselves, and tries to understand eventual impact of this untethering on our daily lives, community, family, business, laws, and education.

Big Data and the Perfectibility of Humanity

This talk explores how the widespread proliferation of cheap sensors of all kinds will create a vast collective memory for the planet which will serve as a record of every cause and effect. This data will be scoured for associations that will be turned into algorithms which optimize every decision we have to make in life. And while we may not always choose to do those things, it will effectively make every person on the planet vastly wiser than the wisest person who has ever lived. In the future, no one will ever need to make a mistake again.

Greatness: How To Change The World for Centuries To Come

The world has, throughout human history, changed. Almost always, this change is for the better. Through civilization we have raised life expectancy, standard of living, access to education, and political liberty. How has this change been brought about? Largely through the actions of individuals driven to change the world. This talk focuses on how that change happens, and looks at best practices as to how virtually any individual can have literally worldwide effect on the history of the planet.


'Infinite Progress' author has endless optimism |

Are you an optimist?” Byron Reese asks me as we sit in the lunchroom breezeway of the American-Statesman building.

Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End ...

For years we've been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future. But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as ...

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