Emerging Technology Conference
Adobe's Apollo is a cross-platform runtime that allows a user to run a Web application on his desktop. Isn't that what a Web browser already does? But Apollo can work offline. You disconnect from the Internet and you are still able to use the Web application. It detects the presence of a network and synchronises your data. If you're a Web developer, and you want to develop for Apollo, there's almost nothing new that you need to learn. Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems puts to practice, the wisdom, "Show, don't tell!" in this demo of Apollo.
Jeff Jonas of IBM explains enterprise intelligence by using his experience providing security in the gambling industry. When data is kept in separate silos, important connections can be overlooked. Jeff outlines the method he uses to manage connections in multiple large datasets.
Information processing is integrated into everyday objects, and the metaphor 'desktop' is obsolete. This post-desktop model of computing is known as 'Ubiquitous Computing', or UbiComp, in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) jargon. Mike Kuniavsky, the co-founder and Principal of ThingM, a design and research firm, and the author of 'Observing the User Experience', alludes to 'magic' as being the new metaphor for ubiquitous computing in his novel perspective.
Quoting Herbert Simon: "A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention," Peter Morville asks how we are going to find the information we are creating. Not only are we creating absurd amounts of information, but also whole new categories. In this talk from O'Reilly's 2006 Emerging Technology conference Peter addresses this issue and along the way discusses information architecture, how Google has changed our expectations of search, and how we can help close the gaps between where we are and where we need to be.
RSS is the most successful application of XML to date. So why change a good thing? At the O'Reilly's 2006 Emerging Technology conference Tim Bray, Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems, explains the why, how and what of the Atom web syndication format. Bray indicates that the current RSS format is troubled by technical issues, showing there is a need for a new syndication format. Bray outlines the technical and people problems currently associated with the RSS 2.0 specification, and the work that has gone into the creation of the Atom syndication format.
How have communities on the Internet changed recently? Derek Powazek of Technorati asserts that, until recently, online communities resembled company towns where the voice of each participant was at the will of a single entity. Today, however, each participant has authority over their own node in a community, making the community as a whole more self-powered and independent. Powazek discusses the essence of the new community, as it is framed by current Web 2.0 trends.
Where has the "always on" mentality taken us? How well do we manage technology, or does it manage us? At O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference 2006, Linda Stone, former VP at Microsoft, discusses the concept of Continuous Partial Attention. Stone explores how we pay attention to each other, how our attention patterns have shifted, and considers new technologies and new interfaces. Is constantly scanning the periphery to see if something more important should displace our current activity really the best way to live?
The new Attention Economy is grabbing the attention of alpha geeks and businesses hoping reap the rewards of innovation in this emerging marketplace of clickstreams. In this talk, Seth Goldstein introduces us to Root Markets' Root Vaults, one of the first applications to make use of the data provided by the AttentionTrust's Attention Extension. These new applications and analytical tools help individuals take charge of their own attention data in order to understand patterns, share with others, and harness attention's growing economic value.
Felix Miller, co-founder of Last.fm, wants you to join the social music revolution he and his partners envision by sharing your musical tastes and listening history with others. Your generosity will be rewarded by the creation of a community knowledgebase that enables its members to harness the collective wisdom of the crowd and discover new music. Utilizing a process of collaborative filtering on an index of over 25 million tracks, Felix invites you to discover a new path to musical pleasure and enjoy a richer listening experience.
At ETech 2006 Dick Hardt presents Identity 2.0, a rallying cry for simple, secure and open technology that will help solve the problem "Who is the Dick on your site?" In other words, how do we prove who we are online? As more of our interactions take place online, clearly establishing whom we are has become essential. How do you prove you are a legitimate user, let alone that you should be treated specially? In the sequel to his Identity 2.0 talk, Hardt shares his vision for how users and sites will communicate identity.