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Media Future Week | January 18, 2020

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Opening keynote speaker: Brad Templeton

Opening keynote speaker: Brad Templeton

We are delighted to announce that we have some of the very brightest software architect of the self-driving cars as our opening keynote speaker. Brad Templeton is developer and commentator on Google self driving cars. Brad is also board member of the Electornic Frontier Foundation, internet entrepreneur, futurist lecturer and writer and observer of cybperspace issues. During MFW Brad will talk about the new possibilities generated by laser radar. The laser allows the vehicle to generate a detailed 3D map of its environment. The car then takes these generated maps and combines them with high-resolution maps of the world, producing different types of data models that allow it to drive itself. The driverless car does not only see the world, but also records it. Templeton believes that driverless cars will be one of the largest computer-driven disruptions of the near future.

Brad Templeton is on the Board of the EFF, the leading foundation protecting liberties and privacy in cyberspace, and on the Board of the non-profit Foresight Nanotech Institute, the leading advocacy and watchdog group for molecular nanotchnology. He is an ideal position to comment on ”responsibility” in view of new technologies.

Templeton was founder, publisher and software architect at ClariNet Communications Corp., which in the 1990s became the first internet-based business, creating an electronic newspaper. He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days, and in 1987 founded and edited a special USENET conference devoted to comedy.

Templeton has been involved in the development of important pieces of software including VisiCalc, the world’s first computer spreadsheet, and Stuffit for archiving and compressing computer files.

In 1996, ClariNet joined the ACLU and others in opposing the Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecom bill passed during Clinton Administration. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the plaintiffs and ruled that the Act violated the First Amendment in seeking to impose anti-indecency standards on the internet.

Look here for the Twitter account of Brad Templeton.