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Bill Joy’s “What I’m worried about, what I’m excited about” talk at TED

Technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity — and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech […]

Technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity — and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.

What I’m worried about, what I’m excited about

About Bill Joy

In 2003, Bill Joy left Sun Microsystems, the computer company he cofounded, with no definite plans. He’d spent the late 1970s and early 1980s working on Berkeley UNIX (he wrote the vi editor), and the next decades building beautiful high-performance workstations at Sun. Always, he’d been a kind of polite engineer-gadfly — refusing to settle for subpar code or muddled thinking.

In 2000, with a landmark cover story in Wired called Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us, Joy began to share his larger concerns with the world. A careful observer of the nanotech industry that was growing up around his own industry, Joy saw a way forward that, frankly, frightened him. He saw a very plausible future in which our own creations supplanted us — if not out and out killed us (e.g., the gray goo problem). His proposed solution: Proceed with caution.

Joy’s now a partner at KPMG, where he reviews business plans in education, environmental improvement and pandemic defense.

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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