Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real-time, and always on. It's not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It's more of a diminishment of anything that isn't happening right now - and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.
If the end of the twentieth century could be characterized by futurism, the twenty-first is about presentism. We are no longer contending with future shock. The future is now: we are ones we we've been waiting for, Twitter updates live, Google is Now. We don't invest in the future, but hope to make money on the trade.
In this talk, the man who coined terms from "viral media" to "social currency" will convey "present shock" as it manifests on a myriad of levels: how it changes the way we make and experience culture, run our businesses, invest our money, conduct our politics, understand science, make sense of our world, and form our beliefs, cultures andreligions. He will share panic reactions to present shock (such as Fractalnoia, Overwinding, and Apocalypto) right alongside more successful approaches to living outside what we have always thought of as time.