Emerging Technology Conference
Twelve speakers, five minutes each, speak what's on their minds on topics as varied as email apnea, how to be successful, a digital fairy tale, and nine other sessions in this hour of mind jamming discussion.
Bionic people, facial scanners, and artificial organisms: What do these things all have in common? They're all on "the edge" - new territory just waiting to be explored, and they might be closer than you think. That's exactly what O'Reilly Radar is all about.
Elizabeth Churchill, researcher at Yahoo, discusses a project to connect online community activity with offline community activity in the physical world toward a goal of building relationships and trust between two groups of colleagues in different time zones. She shares observations about people's behaviors around the project, challenges faced, and ponderings about what the future business success of such installations might be.
Kathy Sierra talks about expertise and neuroscience. The study of the differences between the world class performer and the average performer reveals something more important than genetics. Sierra shares several tips on how everyone can improve their performance and the most important factors in getting really good at something.
Saul Griffith relates two intertwined energy stories, the impersonal story about climate change, global energy consumption, and fossil fuels, and the personal story about how every decision you make impacts the planet. Griffith lays out a logical approach to conversations about energy and presents a game plan for what we can do to make the difference in energy sources and personal energy consumption.
Much of the meaning behind what people say comes from the context, not just the words. Elephant 2000 is a computer programming language project designed to incorporate the meaning of language, not just its structure. In this talk at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, John McCarthy, creator of Elephant, describes the language and how it will move work from computer programmers to compilers.
While many recall Marshall McLuhan's prophetic pronouncement that the "medium is the message", few people and companies are actively involved in examining how this concept applies to today's Internet-centric world. In this session from the 2008 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Eric Rodenbeck, founder and creative director for Stamen Design, offers several examples of how computers, massively large databases, and visualization can be combined to create beautiful, yet scientifically valuable ways of exploring data.
Computer gaming is a fast growing market and an important means of expression for an entire generation, but new online games are unstable and expensive to develop. In this presentation from the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Chris Melissinos, Chief Gaming Office of Sun Microsystems points out some of the problems and opportunities in the online gaming market and how Sun's Project Darkstar will help make better online games.
Steve Cousins, President and CEO of Willow Garage, wants to build an open source platform that will allow enthusiasts to get inside the code and experiment with robotic devices in the same way that early automobile enthusiasts were able to tinker with their cars. The goal is to provide more opportunity for individuals and groups to build practical robotic applications.
The economic realities of hardware development often stifle innovation. Peter Semmelhack, CEO of Bug Labs, discusses a change in approach, similar to the open source software model, that will promote innovation in the hardware space. Based on the Lego model, Bug Labs is creating a set of tools they believe will eliminate some of the cost and creative prohibitions, and enable a community of users and developers to experiment with the creation of new gadgets.