Inventor of the Hashtag Says Time to Think About the Society We Want to Inhabit in the Future

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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Chris Messina, inventor of the Twitter hashtag and other technological innovations, talks about the future of communications in the age of the algorithm.

C.M. Rubin, Creator of The Global Search for Education and Founder of CMRubinWorld discusses the future of social media communications with Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) 2018 honoree Chris Messina. How will the multitude of tools we have at our fingertips continue to change communications as we know them now? Messina explains that more “children will grow up talking to a voice assistant of some kind (like Alexa or Google Assistant) and those same kids will live in hybrid versions of reality — mixes of the digital and the authentic — and will increasingly care less about which is which.” 

Chris Messina invented the Twitter hashtag and has spent the last decade being a game changer with many other technological innovations including Drupal, Firefox, Flock, BarCamp, Google+, Uber Developer’s Platform and open web communities, to name but a few. He is also the Co-Founder of Molly.com.

Rubin and Messina discuss what AI will mean for living and learning with each other. Messina notes that we need to find ways to partner with our AI creations “to enhance life” and to create “more shared equity and prosperity”, so as to “enable humans to connect more deeply with one another.”  

Chris Messina is the inventor of the hashtag for social media. The hashtag has made mass communication simpler, cheaper and more accessible. It’s universal usage has empowered instantaneous social movements via social media such as #metoo, #NeverAgain and #blacklivesmatter, to name a few.

Read the full interview here

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has published hundreds of interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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