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.
Maurice Franklin, a Microsoft software engineer who is passionate about the space elevator, recently organized and hosted a conference on that topic at Microsoft's Redmond conference center. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, Franklin discusses the reasons to build a space elevator, and describes how the concept, first proposed by Arthur C. Clarke, is evolving toward a practical implementation.
Lee and Sachi are CommonCraft, the husband-and-wife company that produces short online videos which explain concepts like RSS, and applications like Twitter. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks LeFever about the elements of CommonCraft's distinctive style, the art of editing, and the origin of "explanation problems".
Joshua Tauberer is the creator and operator of govtrack.us, a website that helps people track the activities of the U.S. Congress. In this conversation with host Jon Udell he discusses his ongoing efforts to acquire official information from various sources, provide useful tracking and analytical services, and encourage citizen participation.
Physician and medical informatician John Faughnan is an eclectic and engaging thinker and writer. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, he converses with host Jon Udell about the progress of knowledge representation and information exchange in the field of health care, and about personal strategies for memory management and effective communication.
On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks with VisiCalc co-creator Dan Bricklin. They talk about one of the key challenges of capturing and publishing spoken-word audio: enabling non-experts to make good audio recordings. Discussed are tools and techniques for recording, and strategies for getting other people up to speed with them.
As macular degeneration erodes Susan Gerhart's vision, she's shifting into audio mode. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks about what she has learned about adaptive technologies, and ask her about her blog, As Your World
Jean-Claude Bradley, an associate professor of chemistry at Drexel University, is a pioneering practitioner of open notebook science. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, Bradley explains to host Jon Udell that he believes scientific research happens better and faster when the entire process is transparently narrated online.
Ken Ledeen and Harry Lewis are co-authors (with Hal Abelson) of the forthcoming book "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion." All three authors are veteran information technologists. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks to Ledeen and Lewis to reflect on the rapid and sweeping changes these technologies bring.
John Buckman founded Lyris, an email list management company, and more recently Magnatune, an online music service that uses Creative Commons licenses and pays artists 50% of its revenue. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Buckman about the common thread to his passion: the world-changing possibilities of online communication.
Greg Wilson recently gave a talk entitled High-Performance Computing Considered Harmful. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, Wilson explains why HPC can't be all about speed and power. Instead, we must also care, more than we have in the past, about human productivity, correctness, and reproducibility.