I was impressed by Ashton Kutcher’s keynote at CTIA. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he was one of the best keynotes I’ve seen at either CES or CTIA, and I’m not even a huge fan of the characters he plays on TV. It’s possible, that at 35 years old, Kutcher might also be one of the youngest keynote speakers at CTIA, aside from perhaps Spotify’s co-founder Daniel Ek who spoke at last year’s convention in New Orleans.
Kutcher’s age puts him squarely in the sweet spot for a number of technologies. He grew up right along with the Internet. He came of age with social media, and I’m guessing he’s had a mobile phone in his pocket since the early days of the Nokia bar phone. It’a all part of his life and he really gets the implications of technology on our lives and society, as well as the consequences and possibilities, which he articulated with intelligence and thoughtfulness during his talk.