“The thing about wearables is that in order for wearable tech to work, the technology has to disappear. The market for people who want to look like androids is really small. That was one of the failures with Google Glass — we don’t want to look like that.
“Some of the most compelling developments, in terms of future potential, aren’t necessarily products that will be on the market, but technologies that are being developed. For example, the physical web, which will assign URLs to objects. You don’t have to install an app, there’s not any new hardware — you can actually browse a room from your browser window. So instead of having an RFID or a physical embed, using the physical web, you can actually assign a URL to a person. You could see who’s in the room with you; it won’t be like, can I scan your badge? There’s no specific app for it, so everybody doesn’t have to download the same app. I think it’s pretty cool.
The best technologies are the ones that help humans to be more human, and not less human.
“The best technologies are the ones that help humans to be more human, and not less human. There are a lot of things that we’re going to do forever in conferences, no matter how tech-savvy they become. We want to learn, and we want to make connections. The technologies I think that are going to be really sticky and really important are the things that are going to help us to continue to make those human connections.”