Dan Hill with the best review of a talk I’ve read to date:
The most compelling talk was Kevin Slavin’s, which is already being spoken of as one of the great presentations of the 21st century. If there were a Nobel Prize available for Powerpoint, Slavin would be a shoe-in for this round (although I have a sneaking suspicion it was Keynote, and thus disqualified). It was a majestically imaginative construction, a teetering house of cards, each new level beautifully delivered, veering from the physics of stealth bombers to the overwhelming dominance of high-frequency trading in the stock markets, via the early history of trading in lower Mannahatta, to today’s NYC where real estate transactions in an entire sector of the city are dominated by optimising the physical proximity of algorithms to the mass of telecommunications infrastructure that is the ‘carrier hotel’ of 60 Hudson Street, before all of financial services ascends into the singularity and leaves this corporeal realm behind.
If there were a Pulitzer Prize for reviews of talks done-in-Keynote-costumed-as-PowerPoint, Dan Hill would no doubt be the recipient.