November 16, 2008: California Library Association Conference, San Jose, California; presentation topic: “The Future of Libraries in the Post-Literate Age.” For info:

October 15, 2008: INMA Conference, Chicago Hilton Suites, Chicago, IL; presentation topic: “The Future of Newspapers in the Post-Literate Age.”  For info:

July 28, 2008: World Future Society Conference, Hilton Hotel, Washington DC; presentation topic: “End of the Written Word.” For info:

July 29, 2006: World Future Society Conference, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Canada; presentation topics: “The Future of Libraries” with Thomas Frey, and “Cyber-Salons” with Knut Erik Solem, Fred Thompson, and Artin Kiani. For info:

Collageviolet2Feb. 2, 2006: Stanford Women’s Book Group, Piedmont, CA; topic: “The Coming Age of Talking Computers.”

Feb. 1, 2006: SpeechTEK West International Conference
World Future Society Conference, Chicago Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL; presentation topic: “Revisioning Education in an Electronic Culture,” with co-presenters Arthur B. Shostak, Alejandro Luis Molina, and David Thornburg. For info:

April 5, 2005 : University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Presenting “The Political-Economy of Literacy, Technology, and Talking Computers” in Dr. Rick Kern’s class.

February 3, 2005: New College of California, San Francisco, CA. “The Coming Age of Talking Computers: Implications for Culture, Democracy, and Social Change.”

October 15, 2004: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Presentation to Dr. Lynn Burton’s class on “The Coming Age of Talking Computers.”

October 14-16, 2004: New Forms Festival Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For info:

August 2, 2004: World Future Society Conference, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington D. C.; panel topic (with William E. Halal): “The Conversational Computer Interface: Advances in Speech Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, and Other Information Technologies.” For info:

July 18-20, 2003: WorldFuture 2003: World Future Society’s Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, San Francisco, CA; presentation topic: “Talking Computers and Human Consciousness: Voice-Recognition Technology Will Change How We Perceive/Think As We Move Toward an Oral Culture.” For info:

February 6, 2003: “Impacts of Technology,” online presentation; 6-8 p.m. EST. Discussion of CompSpeak views with students in university consortium Ph.D. program in Technology Management.
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November 6, 2002: U.S. Govt. Institute for Museum and Library Services [IMLS] Conference, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington D.C., 12:30 p.m. Presentation topic: “The Future of Libraries in the Age of Talking Computers.” For info:

July 21, 2002: WorldView 2002: Futures Unlimited, the World Future Society’s annual conference; Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA; 11:00 a.m. Presentation topic: The Coming Age of Talking Computers–It Will Change the Way You Work (Whether You Like It or Not). For info:

May 9, 2002: Maryland Libraries Association Conference, Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD, 2:15 p.m. William Crossman will speak on “Our Digital Future.” For info:

May 4, 2002: “Pedagogy in Practice” Composition and Reading Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 1:30 p.m. Presentation topic: “The Voice-To-Text Breakthrough: How Today’s Voice-Recognition Technology is Helping Students with Disabilities to Get A’s in Composition Classes.” For info:

July 30, 2001: FutureScope 2001: Exploring the 21st Century, World Future Society annual conference, Minneapolis MN; 11:00 a.m., Minneapolis Hilton and Towers. William Crossman’s presentation is titled “It’s 2001: So, Where Is Hal, the Talking Computer of 2001: A Space Odyssey?” and will also include a demonstration of state-of-the-art voice recognition technology. For info:

June 15, 2001: Joint Finland Futures Research Centre, Finland Futures Society & World Futures Academy Colloquium Helsinki, Finland. Colloquium on CompSpeak 2050 ideas.
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June 14, 2001: Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) Convocation on World Forests and Technology; Helsinki, Finland; presentation on “The Future of Paper in an Information-Technology Society.” For more info, email The Finnish Academies of Technology at

March 27, 2001: Technology in Education International Conference
(TechEd01), Ontario (CA) Convention Ctr., Ontario CA, 2:30 p.m. Presentation of CompSpeak 2050 ideas. For info:

March 21, 2001: Maryland Public Libraries Technology Conference
“eVisioning our Future: Maryland Libraries,” Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Columbia MD. Presentation of CompSpeak 2050 ideas. For info:

November 1, 2000: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Information Science & Technology Colloquium, Greenbelt MD, 3:30 p.m. Presentation of CompSpeak 2050 ideas.
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August 22, 2000: “5 Reports” KPIX-TV Channel 5, Bay Area TV program, 5 p.m.; focus on new voice recognition technology. Interviews with William Crossman and others.

July 24: 2000: FutureFocus 2000, The World Future Society’s Annual Conference; Westin Galleria, Houston, TX. 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. For more info contact:

March 2000: (e)-vision Digital Media Centre for Communication Art and Technology; Wellington, New Zealand; presentations on “Talking Computers will replace written language by 2050” and “The impact on communities, traditional culture, and business globally.” For info:

March 2000: Adelaide Festival 2000 Artists’ Week keynote address; Adelaide, Australia.

January 17, 2000: Radio New Zealand (NZ’s public radio station). Live interview. 11:00 a.m. (New Zealand time). Audio cassette copies can be obtained at by clicking on Replay Radio.

December 26, 1999: “5 Reports” KPIX-TV, Channel 5, Bay Area TV program; 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm, “Focus on the 21st Century.” Interviews with William Crossman and other futurists.

July 31, 1999: Frontiers of the 21st Century, Ninth General Assembly of the World Future Society, Washington Hilton & Towers, Washington D.C.; 11:00 am-12noon.
Audio cassette copies can be obtained at

July 29, 1999: Keynote Address to the Conference of Chiefs of Interpretation & Visitor Services, U.S. National Park Service, Intermountain Division (includes 85 national parks); at the Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown, 8:15 a.m.; conference title is “The Future is Now.”

July 20, 1998: MediaMente Italian TV; interview with William Crossman. Access interview transcript at, go to home page, click on “digital library,” then click <c> and scroll to Crossman.