David Shing, AOL’s ‘Tech Prophet,’ Is Just A Dude In Advertising


Earlier this week, AOL unleashed its ‘Digital Prophet’ (official job title) David Shing onto MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ for a short discussion on technology and the future.

The title ‘Digital Prophet’ is misleading — Shing is unlikely to have any actual technical skills. He is a member of AOL’s advertising department, and on his Twitter, he calls himself a ‘creative inventor of ideas’ and ‘accidental singer-songwriter by night.’

The ensuing blog furor revolved around the pure absurdity of Shing’s persona– black nail polish, spiky black hair, charming British accent, large-frame glasses. However, Shing didn’t touch anything too out-of-the-box during his short interview — he emphasized the growing importance of wearable computing and providing context for the social media ‘fire hose.’

Check out the interview below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.