For several years, while at the National Defense University, I was able to attend the Emerging Technology Conferences at MIT. I always found extremely interesting presentations and demonstrations at the conference. Although I am no longer able to attend “live”, fortunately the conference presentations are now available streamed via the www. At this link, EM Tech Webcast you can find many of the presentations from this year’s conference (Sep 23-25, 2008) available to view for free. Some do cost money, but there are many free ones which should be of interest (and value) to you. I would start with the presentation by Craig Mundie of Microsoft, entitled Rethinking Computing.