Big Thinkers and Disruptive Technologies

I just returned from a CES Supersession where Tim Bajarin, columnist for PC Magazine and Technology Pundit blogger, led a discussion around what various thought leaders consider disruptive technologies.

On his panel, he had Dr. Levy Gerzberg representing semiconductors, Shane Robison from Hewlett-Packard representing computers, Owen Van Natta from Facebook representing internet social networks, Terry McBride representing the music industry and Dave Habiger representing Hollywood and the movie industry.

The disruptive technologies discussed ranged from “consumer medical electronics” to publishing models and distribution to reputation management to DRM. Click the link below to read more details…

  • So, starting with the semiconductor disruptive technologies… Dr. Levy Gerzberg initially had a really interesting perspective about “consumer medical electronics” being a track at CES in 20 years. He believes that the next big disruption for semiconductors will affect our lives in a bio way. He also believes that more disciplines will need to be involved in creating disruptions as technology evolves.

  • Shane Robison from HP spoke about the use of technology being the next big thing. He focused on the connectivity of multiple devices. Broadband pervasiveness is the enabler of these services and innovations. He also spoke about the publishing world and how technology will drastically change how books arrive in your hands inferring that publishing at home is the future.

  • Owen Van Natta from Facebook highlighted open source software as the enabler of change moving forward. His company has found that as the number of contributors rise, the benefits grow to outweigh any negativity associated with developing non-proprietary solutions. He also spoke about the importance of reputation management as social networking continues to grow on the internet.

  • Terry McBride contributes most of the recent disruptions in the music industry to the consumers themselves. Their ability to do things with music which creators/artists never expected is changing the way the music industry works. He spoke about his current work with Bare Naked Ladies as an example of artists who have truly embraced the idea that copyright doesn’t exist in the eye of the consumer. At the end of every live concert, BNL publishes the concert material within 2-3 minutes of the show. Concert goes can take the music home with them as a souvenir! Crowdspacing is a popular trend for music lovers.

  • Last, but certainly not least, Dave Habinger talked about specific changes in law which are changing the distribution channel for movies. In the last 3-4 months, the definition of “disc” has changed to allow for production of discs outside of the homebase factory. Consider how this will affect how you purchase the movie you want. New drives are expected to be delivered to consumers in the near future to allow them to purchase movies direct from studios (or the 3rd party distributor). Overall, it was interesting to note that movies did not think that copyright was irrelevant. Maybe it is because of the size of the asset or how theaters/concert operate so differently…

BTW – I’m down $25 at the tables…

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