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Futurist Paul Saffo to give a talk at YUL on Monday, 19 July

We are fortunate that Paul Saffo will be on campus at the beginning of next week and has offered to give a talk to Library Staff and Friends at 3 p.m. on Monday, 19 July, in the Sterling Library Lecture Hall.

Paul is coming to Yale to be one of the featured innovator-speakers in the University Press's brand new, week-long "Yale Publishing Course," which will focus on publishing as a global enterprise, with a strong emphasis on understanding and utilizing the latest advances in technology. (For more information about the course, see: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/). He will give us a variant on his Pub Course lecture: "From Gutenberg to Galaxy: Publishing's bright future in a personal media age."

His description of the talk:
"The internet bubble marked the end of the information revolution -- and the beginning of something much bigger, an age of personal media. It is a revolution we have been anticipating ever since McLuhan turned Media into a household word in the 1960s, but as typically happens, even this most anticipated of revolutions is arriving late, and in utterly unexpected ways. “Media” is information that has gone deep into the structure of society, and the changes it is triggering present publishing innovators with both unnerving uncertainty -- and vast new opportunities. For example, the way we read will change, what we read will change -- and we will discover that the newest and most popular authors aren't even humans..."

Brief Bio of Paul Saffo, Managing Director, Foresight, Discern Analytics
Paul is a forecaster with over two decades' experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. Paul is Managing Director of foresight at Discern, and he teaches at Stanford where he is a Consulting Associate Professor in the Engineering School and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Media-X Program. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and is a member of the US National Academies Committee on Forecasting Disruptive Technologies. His essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

See also his most interesting Web site: http://www.saffo.com/aboutps/index.php