Am back from Asia where--among other things--I spoke at TEDx Hong Kong.
The theme was "The Future of Fun" and if the roster of speakers is any indication of where Hong Kongers get their fun, and where they think the future of fun is headed, we are in for much more video gaming and lots more interaction between human beings and robots.
In some ways I think my talk, entitled "Are We Having Fun Yet" was a kind of comic relief for the audience, otherwise focused on some of the latest and most mind blogging still-in-Beta whiz bang robotics and video gaming on the planet. Since I talked about the role conversation plays in the fun people have, my remarks were low tech in the extreme.
People stopped me on my way out of the conference with questions about my talk and we got inquiries by email and comments on my blog, so it appears to have well received, at least by what I assume was the more low-tech cohort of the audience.
People especially liked my noting that the same word--intercourse--is used in the English language to define both sexual union and conversation. We talked about the fun aspect of those two activities and why they have so much in common. So I rattled their cages a bit and that's always...fun!