Techlash, Trump, & Global Tension in a Ninja Future | CTA President Gary Shapiro


If you could distill the opinions of the tech world down to a single voice, it would probably sound a lot like Gary Shapiro’s.

He’s the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), representing over 2,200 tech companies in Washington, DC.

CTA is the group behind CES, the massive, news-making tech trade show that happens every year in Las Vegas.

Gary is also the bestselling author of Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation, which was a springboard for our conversation. Like CES itself, we covered a lot of ground, including:

  • If every company is a tech company, what does “tech” even mean? (1:46)

  • Differences in European, American, and Chinese tech policy (3:28)

  • Are AI’s data requirements at odds with western ideals? (6:29)

  • The life-changing potential benefits of AI (8:00)

  • The reality of working with the Trump administration (9:06)

  • The “techlash” from the left and and right (13:32)

  • How innovation could save humanity (18:29)