Charles Jennings is the author of the new book, Artificial Intelligence: Rise of the Lightspeed Learners. He is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who has been starting and running growth organizations for over 40 years. He was founder or CEO of three successful Internet companies launched in the 1990s; a co-founder of TRUSTe; and has written several books on technology, including the seminal work, The Hundredth Window (2000), translated into five languages. From 2014-2017, Jennings served as CEO of an AI company set up to transfer technology from Caltech/JPL to the commercial market. He’s a recipient of the prestigious lifetime achievement award of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and was also the subject of a major feature story, on his work in emergency alerting software, in Wired magazine (December 2005 issue).
Kenneth Cukier is co-author of the new book, BIG DATA: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Kenneth Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Japan business and finance correspondent, and before that, the paper’s global technology correspondent based in London, where his work focused on innovation, intellectual property and Internet governance.
Steven R. Vedro discusses Digital Dharma: A User’s Guide to Expanding Consciousness in the Infosphere. Stephen is also a lecturer and nationally recognized telecommunications consultant who has been on the leading edge of both technology and public service for the last twenty years. In the 1980’s he produced the nation’s first television series on consumer electronics for PBS called “The New Tech Times.”
Kraig Brockschmidt discusses his book, Mystic Microsoft. He one of Microsoft’s most visible technology experts during its major growth years and author of the best-selling programming book Inside OLE. Since completing his inwardly-transforming high-tech career in 1996 he has focused on spiritual service in a variety of forms. He was born and raised in Renton, WA and currently lives in Portland with his wife and son.