Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators
Interviews With Innovators
by Jon Udell
Jon Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and
new media innovator. In his day job with Microsoft, and also here on
ITConversations, he explores a wide range of issues at the
intersection of technology and society. These conversations are
sometimes deeply technical, sometimes broadly social, and frequently both.
They always aim to connect the dots.
Mark Baker has always worked with distributed systems, starting with DCE and CORBA. When he learned about the Web's REST architectural style, he embraced it as a better way. When the Web Services movement veered away from key RESTful principles -- a uniform interface, hyperlinked representations -- he campaigned vigorously for them. Now, he tells host Jon Udell, REST has won the web, although not yet the enterprise.
Andy Singleton is an entrepreneur who has long studied and practiced the art of distributed software development. Influenced by the open source and agile movements, he has arrived at some startling conclusions about how to manage commercial projects. Among them: don't interview people, don't estimate schedules, and don't spend time in teleconferences. In this conversation with host Jon Udell he explains why not to do these things, and what to do instead.
Phil Long is on a five-year mission to find out more about how technology can enhance active learning. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, he reviews lessons learned from MIT's TEAL (technology-enabled active learning) initiative, and discusses the related work he and his team are doing at the Center for Educational Innovation and Technology at the University of Queensland in Australia.
When Andy Boutin couldn't find a wood-fired boiler compatible with the steam heating system in his new home, he decided to mate a pellet burner to the existing boiler. Now his company, Pellergy, has brought the solution to the market. In this interview with host Jon Udell, the former marine engineer and naval architect offers a unique perspective on the modern rediscovery -- and reinvention -- of residential heating with solid fuels.
In this conversation with Bob Jennings, a longtime user and designer of alternative heating systems, host Jon Udell reviews the rationale for his own recently-installed wood gasification boiler. And Bob Jennings explains why trees and the sun will be key ingredients of New England's renewable energy mix.
In the wake of the epic December 2008 ice storm, the majority of New Hampshire's homes and businesses fell off the power grid. The best source of information about the outage, and the ongoing effort to restore service, was Martin Murray's @psnh Twitter feed. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, Martin explains how and why Public Service of New Hampshire used social media to help manage the crisis.
On this edition of Interview with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks with the Chief Scientist of IBM Entity Analytics, Jeff Jonas, who discusses a set of themes woven through his work, explored on his blog, and captured in a series of evocative phrases: perpetual analytics, non-obvious relationship awareness, sequence neutrality, "data finds data", and anonymous resolution.
Although host Jon Udell isn't an avid gamer, and neither is his wife Luann, he was intrigued when she came home from a physical therapy session raving about the Nintendo Wii. In this episode Luann talks about how the Wii, the Balance Board, and the Wii Fit application are helping her retrain the proprioceptors in her legs. Then we'll hear from Anna Domyancic who, with Darren Gerber, runs Keene Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Like other physical therapists, they're finding that the Wii can be a valuable therapeutic tool.
Just over 35 years ago, Carl Hewitt and his graduate students published a model for computation based on concurrent message-passing Actors. Now the demands of many-core computers and cloud-based software are thrusting that model to the forefront. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, Hewitt explores hardware-enforced cloud privacy, paraconsistent logic, and scalable semantic integration.
Twine is a new service that "helps people track their interests using the Semantic Web and collective intelligence." In this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell interviews Nova Spivack, CEO and founder of Radar Networks. They discuss how Twine works and where it's headed.