In this talk subtitled “Watching the Alpha Geeks” Tim applies his unique insight to the communities of people who are pushing the envelope in terms of what is possible with technology. These are the people exploring the frontiers of network applications, collaborative intelligence and hacking the physical world.
The old paradigms of computation are wearing away with time. Tim describes how we are making computers intelligent because we are a part of them. Artificial Intelligence is being supplanted by augmented intelligence. We are harnessing the collaborative intelligence of large numbers of people in aggregate to make applications smarter which in turn make us smarter. Software becomes bionic as it brings people into the application.
As the Web 2.0 revolution changes how we use information, people are using the network to hack the physical world. This will be one of the emerging long term trends in the future. The “alpha geeks” are finding new ways to integrate devices and applications in new and exciting ways, and people like Tim are there to spread the information for others to follow.
Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.
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