An accomplished high-tech trailblazer, author, inventor, entrepreneur, and eternal optimist, Byron Reese leaves audiences and readers with an infectious sense of possibility and wonder.
Byron shares his vision for solving many of our worst global issues, and challenges us to consider the excuses we conjure to explain why others are achieving what we aren’t.
“The new challenge for humanity will not be how to chip away at the old problems,” says Byron, “but what to do in a world where we can do anything.”
His most recent book, “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War” has been called “a prophetic book”, “an essential road map”, and “an antidote to the harmful gloom and moralizing that pervades most discussions of the future”.
Byron Reese employs his profound understanding of technical data to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.
Bloomberg Businessweek credits Reese as having ‘quietly pioneered a new breed of media company’, and the Financial Times describes him as one of the ‘new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head’. Even Business Insider calls him an ‘awesome guy’.
He started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media.
Reese currently serves as CEO of Knowingly, a venture-backed start-up Byron launched in 2014.
As the closing speaker at the Wolfram Data Summit, Byron Reese was not something the conference expected. Byron took the audience for a ride into his future. As an astrophysicist and a data scientist I often think about the future, but I was struck about Byron’s precise dissection of how our future is and will be determined by the data that is already starting to shape our lives: our self-generated data. Byron’s vibrant and precise delivery painted in everyone’s mind a picture of the positive future we all thought was likely but perhaps unreachable. Byron dared everyone, including himself, to make this future possible, and led us on a journey of discovery we never wanted to end.
Byron presents his vision of the future: humanity advancing subconsciously via our seamless integration with technology. Every heartbeat becomes a data point bringing us one step closer to unlocking the mysteries of humankind. Every person’s life contributes to the greater good, simply through the act of living. I found his talk to be highly enthusiastic, visually engaging, and hopeful.