In the past ten years, search has transformed the way we experience the web
even as the web itself has changed. New user interfaces, mobile devices, and
interactive services are evolving beyond text pages intertwining the ‘web’ into
all aspects of our lives and thus we expect to be able to do more online with
less friction. Along with the innovation has come an explosion of information
and services that are compounding at an exponential rate. Trying to get things
done on the web is becoming more complex and fragmented every day. In short,
unlike many consumer products, the problems facing the search industry are
getting harder – not easier.
In order for us to truly realize the science-fiction dream of so many of us
kids, of that ubiquitous intelligent agent, we want to elevate the discussion in
search beyond next quarter’s technology. To begin to do that Bing has teamed
with Big Think to bring the best minds from inside and outside the industry
together for a series of spirited conversations, panels, and demos examining the
“Future of Search.”
The group we’ve assembled includes Hedge Fund Manager and PayPal co-founder
Peter Thiel, Recorded Future co-founder and CEO Chris Ahlberg, journalist
entrepreneur Esther Dyson, contrarian journalist and “Tipping Point” author
Malcolm Gladwell among others.
In addition, Farsight 2011 will include a search industry roundtable
featuring Matt Cutts from Google, Rich Skrenta from Blekko and our very own
Harry Shum from Bing. The panel and much of the day will be moderated by the
entrepreneur and technologist, Vivek Wadhwa.
You are invited to take part in the discussion, by submitting your questions
for the experts in advance at BigThink.com.Then return on February 1 to watch the conference
streaming LIVE from 10:00am to 2:00pm PST on Big Think.com.
I encourage you to tune and be a part of the conversation to help all of us
realize the potential that this most powerful technology can bring.
Satya Nadella- Senior Vice President, Online Services