@dopamino, thanks for your interest. After several attempts to listen to the presentation, I have finally finished listening to all of it. It wasn't that it was boring. It was something that I really needed to focus on since I'm not a designer by trade.
Please excuse my potentially incoherent ramblings. Perhaps, you might find something of value from them. I wish there was a transcript because I find myself trying to find out where he said a certain thing. Therefore, please correct me if I've made incorrect assumptions below.
I think it is great that business is recognising the importance of design. He addresses business schools including design thinking in the curriculum, acquisitions of design firms and even communities etc. At the same time, he quotes, Chance the Rapper's Blessings:
I don't make songs for free. I make them for freedom.
and ponders, '...the relationship between creativity and industry'. He talks about the era of blogging on platforms like LiveJournal all the way to the current system where social media is considered blogging. He uses the analogy of people not wanting to build the house e.g. a blog while you can rent an amazing condo e.g. social media like Instagram. The challenge of a closed web and how can you make something that is truly yours is something that I think is important. I love the quote he chose from Chris Dixon's article 'The Decline of the Mobile Web':
'The open architecture of the web led to an incredible era of experimentation. Many startups were controversial when they were first founded. What if AOL or some other central gatekeeper had controlled the web, and developers had to ask permission to create Google, YouTube, eBay, PayPal, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Sadly, this where we're headed with mobile.'
Obviously, there needs to be control for things like criminal activity etc. You know I hated Smashing Magazine's red redesign. But looking back, I'm glad that they did it. What if we lived in a world where those things were controlled? Are we heading towards an oligopoly where only a few firms control the kind of technology and design that can exist? Therefore, I think design clubs at business schools and independent communities like this one are important to foster new thought.
This brings me to my next thought. Are we truly free if we can't both build and design? Twitter, Facebook etc. exists because of expression and community which is great. However, going back to his buy/rent analogy it also exists because enough people enjoy the convenience or lack the skills to build and design them. Therefore, as renters on Twitter, Facebook etc., we are subject to our landlords' terms and conditions.
So how much computer science etc. should a designer know? I know he is an advocate for designers learning how to code. I am interested in computer science etc. but I know that I'm not a natural at programming. However, I think I need to continue to try if it encourages freedom of expression.
I have other thoughts but I think this reply is already too long. I will add them later. Thanks for getting to the end of this long and convoluted response.