Techonomy hosted a salon dinner in San Francisco, in partnership with BlackBerry this past week, and got some very interesting quotes from some guests that attended. BlackBerry’s John Chen was among those asked ‘how is tech innovation changing society?’ Chen firmly believes that the future is in the machine-to-machine interconnectivity, as all these devices we have around us make our lives “more automated, more information driven.”

The clip above where he speaks is brief, but definitely worth a listen. BlackBerry has to be thinking about the future beyond just devices, and I’m happy to hear that’s where Chen is looking to. They have to hit the future head-on, and not just catch up once everyone has already evolved. That’ll be a key going forward.