My Cambridge Business Lectures talk on "Life in the Information Economy"

I gave a talk a couple weeks ago in Cambridge, UK, as part of the Cambridge Business Lectures, entitled, "Life in the Information Economy." Lots of folks asked about video for the talk -- and here it is! The (free) lecture series goes on -- the next speaker is John Bird, the founder of the Big Issue, on Sept 12. Life in the Information Economy

Update: Thanks to Greg Young for producing this transcript of the talk!


  1. i’m still watching (listening to) the talk…but was curious about cory’s ipod earphones. clearly he isn’t about to put them in his ears during the hour he’s speaking (well, he might, but i doubt it).

    i’ve seen other folks wearing earphones like this, in restaurants, bars, etc. is this a fashion deal as much as it is a way to just store headphones when they aren’t being used?

    seems like a weird thing to wear (earphones around your neck) when you aren’t planning on using them while speaking at a very prestigious college. seems to be more of a fashion statement at that point.

    so, my longwinded question…is this a new sense of fashion and style? just curious as i think if so, it’s a very interesting form of “tech fashion” and something to be explored.

  2. Macisaguy, fashion statements. Like the frames and the unshaven mug. Cory is the Dawg rebel. Or something like that.

  3. I found out from this that Little Brother is available free (creative commons). I just bought a copy but I’m going to try to see if it can get distributed as part of the One City One Book program the library is starting here, where they are reading “1984.”

  4. Thanks for sharing this. Cory, you remind me of one of my best friends a hero, my Earth-Science teacher from high-school… much respect. I’m fascinated by the concepts you bring up, impressed by the fluidity of your metaphors and very much admire your public speaking skills. Look like you’re loving what you do and it’s inspiring.

  5. I just want to point out that Canada’s Bill C-61 doesn’t include a notice-and-takedown system. It includes a notice-and-notice system. It’s also about the only part of the bill that Michael Geist agrees with.

  6. Ive read all Corys’ books without paying as well, However I got them at the public library, like 90% of what I read.

    I am a huge gushing Cory fanboy though and evangelise him and BB constantly. (makes me seem hip to recommend kewl blogs to people)

  7. Chkurt, as a C.D. Fanatic I can tell you that you’re not fan enough if you don’t buy more than ten percent of your dawg’s work. Dude, it’s a twenty dollar book, so pony up already. You know, he has a kid to feed now. Besides, he wants a watch that costs half a mega buck, so help him out already.

  8. If you want to convert this clip to mp3 audiofile to load it into your portable player and listen on the go here’s how I did it. Boot up Your favorite Linux distro. I use Ubuntu 8.06. Install Miro and search and download the video clip from google video. I used search keywords Doctorow and Cambridge. Mplayer and lame are tools which should come with your Linux distro. Use mplayer to extract audio stream – ‘mplayer -vo none -ao pcm video_file_downloaded_by_miro’ and use lame to convert raw audio to mp3 – ‘lame audiodump.wav doctorow_cambridge.mp3’ Then use whatever software there is for your device to load the clip into your player, go outside, sit under a tree and listen carefuly for there are many fun and maybe even some true things in that talk.

  9. The public domain dedication at the beginning seems odd; I thought copyright only comes into existence when something is recorded, not when it’s just spoken. So, in this case, it’d be whoever’s running the camera that would have the copyright (and the right to dedicate it to the public domain), not the speaker.

    How does that work?


  10. @19 You can also convert the video to audio by using the free online conversion service Zamzar:

    Click through the video to go to the Google Video page, copy the URL from the address bar into Zamzar, select mp3 (or whatever), and enter your email address and it will convert the file and send it to you.

    It says it’ll do up to 100mb, and I’m not sure how long this file is. It isn’t done yet, so I’m kind of assuming it will actually work. Cool service though.

    Good speech too, Cory speaks almost as fast as that lawyer in the ‘never talk to the cops’ video.

  11. I’m glad that’s CC licensed, because I’m gonna snag that closing line to use at meetings.

    Good speech, Mr. D. You persuaded me, and I was on your side to begin with!

  12. Is there a text transcript of this around?

    I started to transcribe it myself, then my wheel reinvention sense started tingling.

    Google reveals nothing at this point, but it seems likely that since you were working from notes, that there probably exists a textual version which might well find its way to the interwebs.

    Is this going to happen? Otherwise, I’ll just get on with my transcription and post it here when I’m done for whoever else likes their thought-fodder in textual form.

    (BTW, assuming pre-existing versions don’t surface, do you have any objection to some light editing, Cory? I was planning to go as verbatim as possible, but sometimes speech rendered as text directly doesn’t make a great deal of sense. (and I’d probably cut out the ‘um’s and ‘so’s here and there).)

  13. @Martinsmo:
    (This is just an mplayer dump of the audio to an .mp3)

    Hmmm… previous version of my comment got munched.

    So – is there a transcript of this online anywhere? Google revealed nothing, but I reckon that since Cory was working from notes here there might be a chance that such might turn up…

    (I actually started to transcribe it myself before my wheel-reinvention sense started tingling).

    If there isn’t a version around, I’ll hapopily finish it off, and post here for others who like their thought-fodder in textual form. Cory, do you object to some light editing? (I would try to stick as near verbatim as possible, but speech directly transcribed doesn’t always make sense).

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