Founder – Widetag
Speaks at ID WORLD on Wireless Identification
David Orban is an entrepreneur and visionary. He is the Chairman of Humanity+, an organization dedicated to promoting understanding, interest, and participation in fields of emerging innovation. H+ represents a growing movement of people willing to work proactively to benefit the human condition through a commitment to scientific advancement.
In recognition of his lifetime contribution to exponentially advancing technologies, David has been awarded the position of Advisor to the prestigious Singularity University.
He is also a Founder and Chief Evangelist of WideTag, Inc., a high technology start-up company providing the infrastructure for an open Internet of Things. David shapes the strategic vision of its technologies by developing the policies and communication steps necessary to enable constructive progress.
David is Founder of Startupbusiness, a social network aimed at enabling the Italian startup ecosystem. Startupbusiness is a spin-off of Questar, an Italian software publishing and distribution company, of which David is the Founder. Questar aims to enhance channel oriented electronic software distribution services, making them available to developers worldwide.
He is further a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks. The Foundation creates mechanisms to discourage the misuse of increasingly powerful technologies such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.
David is also a Founder of the Open Government Data working group. The group promotes a more robust understanding of why open government data is essential to democracy. The group utilizes increased civil discourse in order to make Government more effective, transparent, and relevant to our lives.
His educational background includes studies in Physics at both the University of Milan and the University of Padua. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he and his family currently live in northern Italy, near Milan.
“Internet of Things and the transparent society”
The Internet of Things is emerging from the interconnection of advanced, autonomous sensor networks, just as surely and unavoidably as we now can look back to the development of the Internet from originally disconnected computer networks.
Rather than looking inwards to the traditional repositories of data, collected on businesses, individuals, processes and transactions, the sensor networks, per definition, are going to look outwards, to the world encompassing the physical movements of persons, vehicles, goods, and, at an initially coarser grained view the natural world.
The consequences of the deployment, and management of this flow of data are going to be transformative, and potentially staggering, unless we start right now to prepare to adapt our lives, legislation, and societies to cope with their onslaught.
The concepts of the Transparent Society (David Brin, The Transparent Society, 1998, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Transparent_Society) can be usefully applied to the scenario in front of us, to understand, and dynamically develop optimal solutions to the great our challenges.
The tradeoffs between the needs of security, environmental, and urban monitoring hugely enhanced by ubiquitous sensor networks, and the rights of individuals to privacy have to be negotiated in a nimble, and proactive manner.