If you are interested in where the Java platform is going. It is worth listening to the keynotes from JavaOne 2013. The first one is from 9-22 is the JavaOne Strategy Keynote where Peter Utzschneider, VP of Java Product Management for Oracle, Nandini Ramani, VP of Java Development of Java Platform for Oracle, and Cameron Purdy, VP of Cloud Application for Oracle, discuss the evolution of Java at JavaOne 2013.
In the technical keynote Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of Java Platform Group for Oracle, Brian Goetz, Java Language Architect at Oracle, discuss the future of Java at JavaOne 2013. This session is at the heart of the future of Java. Java 8 technologies are discussed.
Finally, in the third keynote, John Duimovich, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Java CTO, along with a special guest, who will talk about open cloud stacks, emerging PaaS environments, and the growing cloud ecosystem.