Topic: The Future
Moira speaks woth John Hagel about the long term trends in technology and the economy. Hagel is Co-chair of Deloitte's Center for the Edge and the lead author of the Shift Index Report 2009: Measuring the Forces of Long-Term Change.
A pluralistic society boasts many independent centers of power and foundations have an instrumental role in supporting such diversity. Online giving marketplaces are further democratizing philanthropy by empowering donors to support the causes they care about. In this panel, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, experts in the field consider whether such online spaces are simply useful adjuncts to the work of philanthropy--or whether they promise to revolutionize the sector altogether.
Moira speaks with author and scientist James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia Theory. Once controversial, it has reached mainstream acceptance, and he has more predictions now.
It's been approximately 6,500 days since Tim Berners-Lee created the first Web page. In such short a time, the Web has achieved far more than could be thought of at the time. What will the next 6,500 days bring us? Noted author, and former editor of the Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly, speculates on the future of the Web.
As Business Intelligence becomes more and more popular as a way for companies to achieve an advantage, some companies ahead of the curve are adopting open source BI software. Analysts have not been positive in their predictions of open source use, but they may be mistaken. Mark Madsen describes the results of his study showing who is using open source BI software, why they're using it, and what the benefits are. His results indicate that while open source BI is not widely accepted yet, its users are just ahead of the curve.
On the one hand, biofuels offer a green substitute against petrol-based fuels such as gasoline. On the other, they are still expensive to produce and are causing a steep inflation in food prices the world over. A panel of experts debates the root causes of the increase in food prices, and the need to produce biofuels vis-a-vis the measures to tackle the economic and political side effects of its production.
MySpace, Flicker, YouTube, and Facebook are big brands and major movers in the commercial, social networking world. In this 2008 Nonprofit Management Institute talk, an event convened by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jeff Patrick of Common Knowledge shares how nonprofits can use such tools--and customize their own--to capture constituencies and raise funds. He further shows where social networking is headed so that nonprofits can begin to incorporate it into their long-term horizons.
David Glazer says that people are the killer app of the web. That is, finding ways to connect people easily and seamlessly is the next great wave in computing. There are barriers to overcome, but the desire to see it happen is great. In this presentation Glazer offers a snapshot of how we got to this point and where things will need to go from here.
We play many roles in our daily lives: colleague, friend, parent, consumer, family member. Yet, says Charlene Li, our multidimensional lives are not currently accessible or integrated in any significant way. In this presentation Li discusses what she sees as the future of social networks, where the media we use will both reflect and inform the lives we lead.
Adrian Cockcroft has coined the term 'Millicomputer' to cover any computing device that uses less than a watt of power; small enough to fit in your pocket, cool enough not to burn your leg. In this presentation, he takes us on a tour of the amazing technologies that already exist and gives us a glimpse of where this rapidly developing area of technology might take us next.