How You Choose What To Do: Larry Page On Search, Google+, YouTube, Chrome & Android At Google Zeitgeist Conf 2011

October 3, 2011 — 0

“If you have a healthy disregard for the impossible, you actually get better people to work on your project.  And they get really excited, they work really hard and they work late at night.  It also turns out that most companies aren’t crazy enough to do anything like that.  And so nobody else is doing it, you’re the only ones.  And again, you get the best people.  We try to do a lot of things like that.”

– Google Co-Founder, Larry Page

PS Stick around as Eric Schmidt joins Larry on stage “to answer all the hard questions,” as Larry puts it. 


Human Computer Viruses

June 1, 2010 — 0

Ray Kurzweil invented the Kurzweil keyboard, predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, and foresaw the defeat of chess genius Gary Kasparov at the hands of a computer.

I heard Ray speak at Summit Series a few weeks ago, and the guy had the same effect on me that he had with everyone else in the room — We were all pretty stunned.

So I bought his book, which I should have done years ago, and began reading it. Ray’s book, THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR, ponders a post-biological world in which the course of human development leads us to inconceivable heights of intelligence, progress and longevity.


Meaning, among other things, that we will have microchips in our brains and bodies in the next 25 years. So when you want to learn how to play chess, you can just embed the chess chip in your head. Why read a book, when you can just download it into your brain. Got a disease? Just download a program to kill it.

The permutations are driving me nuts, so I try not to think about what this will mean for our kids.

Most mornings, I check out Shelly Palmer’s blog. Last week, Shelly did a post about Mark Gasson, a British scientist, who wondered what would happen if the computer chips in surgically implanted prosthetics got computer viruses. To find out, Mark infected himself with a computer virus.

Shelly commented: “Sound funny? No one is going to thinks it’s funny when computer virus on a wireless network can kill you. It may sound like science fiction, trust me, it isn’t.”

Here’s Engadget’s frighteningly real story.


Guest Lectured This Week At NYU

March 26, 2010 — 0

I guest lectured an NYU class on the future of media and entertainment on Wednesday. The class was about 50 students from NYU’s Tisch (film/tv/media), Stern (business) and Gallatin (individualized study) schools.

Here’s my profile on RateMyProfessors, with 2 ratings so far.

Posting this comment from a student for my mom to see:

Enjoyed listening to his job description. Powerpoint was amazing, loved the pictures. He made the entire class interesting and fun. Great sense of humor and personality. I’ve never have been so sad to see a guest speaker leave before. Thank you Mr. Martin for coming.

Notice the student did not comment on my hotness. I begged the class to go on and give me “chili peppers” (an indication of a professor’s hotness) — to prove to my wife that I am indeed still hot — but, sadly, nobody felt so moved to do so.

Great class, though. Asked some insightful questions. Most watch Jersey Shore, but none actually know when it’s on (they TiVo it). The whole experience gave me a chance to feel like a college professor again.


Kinda Feelin’ Fabolous, Halfway To The Future

May 22, 2009 — 0

Four years ago, I was interviewed for a New York Magazine story on the future of entertainment. The reporter could hear via cell phone I was in a crowded place, but I chose not to elaborate on the context (Spring Break, in the green room with Fabolous, just before took the stage). I dropped some rhetorical bullshit prophesy on him. And he was feelin me. As five thousand half-naked college students gyrated...