The Wall Street Journal is hosting its virtual Tech Live conference with top executives, technologists and policy makers to discuss a range of issues including the lasting impact of Covid-19, as businesses grapple with disrupted supply chains, a shrinking labor force and the continuing chip shortage.
The conference launches at a time when lawmakers are re-examining big tech on issues ranging from privacy to competition. The Wall Street Journal’s investigation of Facebook Inc. has also led to new momentum for tougher tech laws, including special online protections for children.
First, starting at 11:15 a.m. ET, ViacomCBS Inc. VIAC 0.03% Chief Executive Robert Bakish discusses the company’s investments in content and plans to increase global subscribers, following a recent leadership revamp at Paramount Pictures.
The conference then features conversations about the cutting edge of transportation. Grab Holdings Inc. co-founder Hooi Ling Tan will discuss plans to go public in a record-setting special-purpose acquisition and the company’s future in last-mile deliveries and financial services at 11:40 a.m. ET. Two astronauts who traveled to the edge of space with actor William Shatner will talk about their space tourism experience at 12:05 p.m. ET. Later, one of the top researchers in artificial intelligence, Raquel Urtasun, will speak about the future of autonomous trucking at 12:40 p.m. ET.
Investor Alexis Ohanian speaks at 12:15 p.m. ET on his latest venture capital endeavor, Seven Seven Six, which has focuses on founders’ well-being at a time of increased burnout and always-on work culture.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at 2 p.m. ET on Google’s evolving workplace culture, privacy concerns and regulatory challenges, as the company battles antitrust lawsuits domestically and a $5 billion antitrust fine in Europe. Then, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman will discuss the social media platform’s global expansion, as the popularity of “meme stocks” helped to catapult the platform to a $10 billion valuation.
Online educator Sal Khan talks about the future of virtual learning at 3:15 p.m. ET, followed by Cameo CEO Steven Galanis, who will speak about the growing opportunities for content creators to monetize their fan bases.
Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars speaks at 4:35 p.m. ET about the continuing chip supply issues, in light of companies like Apple Inc. designing their own microchips. Following that, Xbox head Phil Spencer will speak about cloud gaming and the future of the console.
At 5:30 p.m. ET, the day concludes with basketball star and Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony who will speak about his tech investments, including his investment with Overtime Sports Inc.
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