Ashton Kutcher and other lessons from CTIA 2013

Ashton KutcherAs you read this, I am on my way back from Las Vegas after CTIA 2013. As you might have guessed, I am pretty bushed, and so Speculative Fiction Friday will be on later than usual.

I had a chance to see Ashton Kutcher’s keynote, which was a dialogue with Julia Boorstin from CNBC. It was weird to see an actor known for playing unintelligent roles like one of the dudes from Dude, Where’s my Car talk quite intelligently using a lot of tech-business lingos. Apparently, Kutcher is heavily invested in tech businesses like Square and other million-dollar players.

I’ve been following the aftermath of Kutcher’s keynote, and most are commenting on his comments on Twitter. As you might remember, Ashton was the first to amass over 1,000,000 Twitter followers. He is actually quite critical of Twitter now, saying that it has sort of become a new media that just wants to sell you stuff.

He also had a commentary about Facebook. When Boorstin asked him if Facebook is too big, Kutcher answered “No”. This sort of surprised me, but he talked about how Facebook’s limiting their applications has actually improved the service. He also talked about how “Facebook is the new religion” as it opens us up to strangers.

I think that the most interesting thing that he said was a commentary about “the second screen”. This concerns how television shows are trying to incorporate information and other things on a mobile phone while the viewer is watching. Kutcher’s advice is that “the television is the second screen”. I have to agree with him on that. I think most users are focused on their mobile while they watch TV, and the TV content is merely on in the background. He wonders why no one has made a feature-length film that incorporates the second screen, and I also have to agree with him on that.

As I type this out, I am about ready to make one final circulation around the floor at CTIA. Many of the other reporters that I have talked to are disappointed, and I have to admit there are bigger tech conferences than this one. I am told CTIA won’t be doing their Fall and Spring conventions anymore, and the only reason why they had this one is because the space was already rented out. Apparently, they are merging to a bigger show in Vegas for 2014.