Emerging Technology Conference
Ray Ozzie, creator of Lotus Notes and recent addition to Microsoft's CTO office, demonstrates a new and yet familiar tool called Live Clipboard during this keynote presentation from the March 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Most computer users are already familiar with the cut and paste metaphor, and this simple tool takes that concept to the next level. Ozzie says that the tool will enable a non-technical user to create a whole new class of "mashup" application.
In the future we may be able to find lost keys with a simple google search. Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling imagines how physical objects will be part of the internet as they become trackable in space and time. Bruce discusses the theoretical and technical challenges that we face as we try and think about and develop the Internet of Things. From Spimes to Thing Links to Blogjects, the terminology and verbal framing devices currently being used are pulled apart in this keynote address from the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.
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.
Opening the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Rael Dornfest presents a brief history of the evolution of the ETech and discusses the theme for this year's conference, the Attention Economy.
James Surowiecki offers some insights into both the best decision-making behaviors and the worst decision breaking behaviors of groups both large and small in this entertaining talk from the Emerging Technology Conference 2005. Not only providing insights gained from his recent work The Wisdom of Crowds, Surowiecki also lays out some of the perils of group thinking, and provides food for thought for future discovery. [ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]
At Google, engineers and researchers are not two different groups of people. Engineers research products and researchers build products; their functions overlap. At ETech 2005, Google's Director of Search Quality, Peter Norvig, speaks about how this helps Google increase the interactivity of search tools and relevancy of search results using products such as Google Sets and Google Suggest. [ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]
From capturing everything that you experience to digitizing any physical item, Microsoft Research Labs covers a lot of ground in many areas beyond computer science and software. Microsoft Research Senior VP Rick Rashid discusses some of the more off-the-beaten path technologies Microsoft is exploring. [ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]
Yahoo!'s research department of scientists is busy creating new products and developing new ideas. At the time of this talk, Dr. Gary Flake was Director of Yahoo!s Research Lab, and he discusses the philosophy behind the Research Lab. He also demonstrates some of the new tools being developed a Yahoo!, including a collaborative prediction system (with prizes!) in which you can participate. [ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]
The broadcasting media are competing with their audiences for attention. Every user is a potential broadcaster
and content creator. Users are no longer watching content passively but are actively reusing and remixing content to
fulfill their creative endeavors. Paula Le Dieu speaks on how the BBC is digitizing and making its archived content
available online so that users can reuse, remix and share it under the creative commons license.
[ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]
Open-source robot dogs, rescued from eBay and reworked, to investigate environmental contamination. A robotic goose lets people interact with wild geese on their turf. Natalie Jeremijenko investigates how robots can be used to change the ways humans participate with the environment and the natural world in this entertaining session. [ETech 2005 audio from IT Conversations]