Substance will bring together technologists, activists, disruptors and innovators to explore the relationship between people, technology and the reinvention of capitalism.
The inaugural version of Substance will challenge George Orwell’s notion that “no advance in wealth, no softening in manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.” Protestors include: Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec Group; Naomi Klein, Author of “This Changes Everything”; Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio; Robin Chase, CEO of Buzzcar; Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain and Padmasree Warrior, CTSO of Cisco.
“The control of our economies and societies is slipping away from the old oligarchies, and increasingly into the hands of insurgent technology entrepreneurs. Money is no longer the exclusive preserve of central banks, the stock markets no longer the private playgrounds of the already wealthy, the economy no longer managed by grim old men in their star chambers,” said Robert Brennan Hart, CEO of Politik.
“But what world will the freaks usher in? Will it be the utopia of democratized technologies that drive equality and opportunity, or will it merely be the case of one ruling class replacing another? Gandhi or Mugabe? Mandela or Idi Amin?” continued Edward Wilson Smythe, Principal at Avasant, the founding sponsor of Substance.
Substance will feature an opening keynote presentation by Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy. Irving will also be participating in a panel discussion called “Museum of Unnatural History” featuring Deressa Reid, CEO of Hoag Hospitals; Kim Stevenson, CIO of Intel; Joshua Mckenty, CTO of Pivotal and Bryan Cantrill, CTO of Joyent.
“We have already passed over the event horizon into a new economy – one marked by global-scale automation, massively distributed systems and predictive analytics that, without hyperbole, can know you better than you know yourself,” said Irving.
“The decision we have to make now is how this new environment will be programmed. Will we watch quietly as the plurality of global labor is micronized by computerization or will we turn the tools of enterprise toward independent ventures and usher in a producer based economy built on doing work we truly love?”