Data is transforming our world. We all know this as data experts. But to realize the full transformative potential of information, we each have to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone. We have to think about what this transformation means for us three months from now, three years from now, even three decades from now. This is why I’m so excited about the Informatica World 2014 conference. In particular, the keynotes will be amazing. Some will inspire you. A couple may shock you. Most will arm you. All will enlighten you.
As always, the lineup includes Informatica executives including Sohaib Abbasi (CEO), Ivan Chong (Chief Strategy Officer), Marge Breya (Chief Marketing Officer) and Anil Chakravarthy (Chief Product Officer). They will lay out Informatica’s vision for this new data-centric world, and explain the coming innovations that will take the concept of a data platform to an entirely new level.
And building on the resoundingly positive response to Rick Smolan’s keynote last year on “The Human Face of Big Data”, the Informatica World organizers have put together a stellar array of thinkers designed to push the boundaries of how you think about the convergence of data and technology with humanity.
- Will humans and machines merge? Inventor and thinker Ray Kurzweil will lay out his provocative thesis in which nanobots will travel through the blood stream and enter our brains noninvasively, enabling us to put our neocortexes on the cloud where we will access nonbiology extensions to our thinking by the 2030s. We will thereby become a hybrid of biological and nonbiological thinking.
- Is data a science or an art? Jer Thorp is a data artist (move aside, data scientists), whose work focuses on adding narrative meaning to huge amounts of data. He will show how cutting edge visualization techniques can be used to tell stories, and make data more human.
- How do we use data for good? Drew Conway is an expert in applying computational methods to social and behavioral problems and co-founder of Datakind. He will push us all to think about how can we use and analyze data not merely to increase efficiency and profits, but to serve society and “do good.”
I can’t wait to hear these speakers, and I hope you will join us in Las Vegas May 12-15 to learn a bunch, have fun, and potentially transform how you think about data and humanity.