At The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live Conference, Leaders From Around the Globe Talked About Where the Technology World Is Headed, and How It’s Likely to Get There.
At Google’s “moon shot” division, they are working on ingestible pellets that would attach themselves to cancer cells and report back data to doctors. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alibaba chief Jack Ma said they are intrigued by a possible partnership on payment systems. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen said that tech valuations are “running a little warm.”
These were just a few of the revelations at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJD Live global technology conference, held in Laguna Beach, Calif., last week. In front of more than 200 attendees from 21 countries, some of the most important newsmakers from around the world took the stage to discuss tech’s most provocative issues and dynamic new breakthroughs. Among them:
— Chen Lifang, senior vice president of Huawei Technologies, addressed the company’s dramatic pivot to making smartphones, and the continuing ban on selling networking equipment in the U.S.
— Axelle Lemaire, France’s digital minister, challenged big U.S. tech companies to adapt to regulations designed to limit their market power in Europe.
— Movie mogul James Cameron said he thinks the excitement over virtual reality is overblown.
— Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sang bits of songs from Bing Crosby and Fergie (among other things).
— Legendary tech investor Peter Thiel said that when it comes to tech, the U.S. government is stuck in the Middle Ages.
Meanwhile, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco took the audience on a visual tour of the brain of WSJ personal columnist Geoffrey Fowler; and News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch and telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim discussed lifetime bets they have won and lost.
Excerpts from the key interviews can be found through the links below, while news coverage and video clips from the week can be found here. The full Journal Report is here: WSJ.com/LeadershipReport
Bing Crosby Danny Boy
My late Father’s Favorite Song! 🙂