Today was my last day at Fortune. After 16 years in the daily grind of churning out stories, I decided it was time to take a step back. We’re at a truly exciting time, and I’d like the chance to properly think about how the rise of ubiquitous data, artificial intelligence, constant surveillance and pressure from economic interests will shape the world to come. Plus, there are the chances to dive into the infrastructure and architectural shifts that will underlie these technological changes.
My inner geek drools at the chance to think about how we will design networks to handle the latency demands of VR. Or what kind of new chip architectures we’ll need for true AI. Don’t even get me started on architecture and security for the Internet of things.
My next step is a relaxing week or two spent tinkering with my connected devices and recording the Internet of Things Podcast without worrying about the daily rush of technology news. After that, I plan on freelancing while I figure out my next steps.
I can tell you that you’ll still see my byline at Fortune on occasion. Probably other places as well. I’m still testing gadgets and giving my take with Kevin Tofel over at The Internet of Things Podcast (and you’ll likely see a few reviews in the coming weeks if I get bored or no one else wants them). I will be planning the Structure Connect conference that’s held in June in San Francisco, so if you have an awesome business implementation or a crazy idea around the IoT, please drop us a line here.
I’m toying around with a crazy idea or two of my own if I can get the courage to go for it. I hope to keep reporting and continue learning. And for everyone out there who has lent me their time, their expertise and their insights I am grateful. There’s nothing more fun the seeing the future, and I couldn’t do it without y’all.