Yes, This Post is About Me Speaking at TED…

by Andrew McAfee on February 22, 2013

… and I apologize for that. But I am pretty excited. I guess my TEDxBoston tryout last year was good enough to get me called up to the big leagues.

I’ve never been to the main conference, so have no idea what to expect. Recent descriptions of TED seem to be either wet kisses or contemptuous flames, so it’s tough to get an accurate signal from the outside. One thing I know: several people I respect a great deal tell me they attend faithfully and get a lot out of it.

One other thing I know: my colleague, co-author, and buddy Erik Brynjolfsson is going to deliver a killer talk. I heard him run through it yesterday, and was blown away. I’ll let you know when it’s up on TED.com; I predict it will be very popular there.

Erik speaks on Tuesday morning, and I’m on Wednesday afternoon. I’m also participating in the (in)famous Autodesk IDEAS Cage Match on Thursday night, arguing with old friend Juan Enriquez about whether humanity is doomed. To prepare for the match, I’m going to study the insights of Conan the Barbarian. I intend to make a right fool of myself, so I hope what happens at Cage Match stays at Cage Match. But I don’t think it will.

I’m going to go back to obsessively preparing and stressing about my talk now. I hope to see some of you in Long Beach, and I’ll report back from there.

  • http://profiles.google.com/debojit.mitra Debojit Mitra

    good luck. enjoyed your book. enjoy your posts. looking forward to your talk.

  • http://twitter.com/joewehr Joe Wehr

    Andrew, good luck. You’ll hit it out of the park. The audience is in for a treat.

  • http://www.scottbelsky.com Scott Belsky

    Andrew – excited to see it; will try to get a front row seat. Best advice: just have fun with it. Catch up next week.

  • http://twitter.com/serviceplease20 Andrew Maher

    Go, go, go Andrew! Looking forward to the result. You’ll rock it I’m sure.

  • http://twitter.com/thinkoutloud Christopher Morace

    Good luck, Andy! Believe me, you deserve to be there. You’ll kill it.

  • http://www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net/2010/04/sql-server-2008-management-studio.html sqlservermanagementstudio

    tell us your experience andrew.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikolay.avramov.94 Nikolay Avramov

    Man, can’t wait to see it. I think you should mention something about Moore’s law and exponential growth. It’s what’s feeding this technological explosion

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