This CEO group is eloquent when it wants to be. If it was they who made a no-questions panel a condition of their participation, then we've entered a sad, dark world.
He's right. For a panel session not to be moderated by someone who can field questions from the audience, whether from engineers or from journalists, is pathetic. Whoever made the decision to ban questions should take a long hard look at the message they're sending out to the industry. As Brian rather eloquently puts it:
There was a time when electronics was roaring and CEOs energetically engaged in public discourse about where things were headed and the numerous possibilities that awaited technology creators who shared ideas. Perhaps they've lost the vision, the courage of their convictions.