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O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

 Coverage and Weblogs

Guardian: Geeks Go Hack to the Future
The conference itself was remarkable. As a publisher, O'Reilly arguably dominates the technical book field and it has a strong reputation for support of cutting-edge research. As the founder, Tim O'Reilly, said in his keynote, paraphrasing the author William Gibson, "the future is here...it's just not widely distributed." [Guardian Unlimited]

Conference Presentation Files
Here are downloadable presentation files from many of the sessions of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. [O'Reilly Network]

The Annotated Conference Wrap-Up
Aaron Swartz has reproduced the Emerging Technolgy Conference programming guide, adding links to every blog entry on each session that he could locate -- it's meant to be the exhaustive index of all the commentary on each session from last week. [Aaron Swartz]

Tim O'Reilly: The Shape of Things to Come
William Gibson said "The future is here, it's just not widely distributed." The shape of things to come is already implicit in a thousand small clues. Then, in a sudden shift of mindset, it becomes obvious to everyone. Listen to all of Tim's keynote, coutesy of Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast. [Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast]

InfoWorld: Lessig Leads Copyright Crusade
Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig officially launched the non-profit organization Creative Commons last week at the O'Reilly conference on Emerging Technologies. [InfoWorld]

PC Magazine: Conference Update
At the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California, the founding fathers of our nation got a boost. Stanford law scholar Lawrence Lessig and others announced Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the public domain. [PC Magazine]

Emerging Technology Wrap-Up: The Thrall and the Pall
Each of the talks during the day came across to me as a taste of the cornucopia the technical community is creating out of pervasive computing. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Guardian: Time to Blog On
Investigating the world of Weblogs: at the Emerging Technology conference, new technology left old-style reporters so far behind that they retired to the bar. [Guardian Unlimited]

Schneier Keynote Audio
The folks at Dr. Dobb's have put up MP3s of all of Bruce Schneier's keynote (Fixing Network Security by Hacking the Business Climate). This was an amazing talk. [Boing Boing]

Creative Commons Demo
Lisa Rein is walking through a working prototype of the Creative Commons app. Nice wizard. You can tell Metafilter Matt helped build the GUI -- clean and tight. [Boing Boing]

This Strange Doctrine
As David Henkel-Wallace told the afternoon plenary session at ETech today, "Copyright is dead. It may take ten or thirty years to die, but it's dead." Would someone please notify the RIAA? The rest of us have work to do, and the "clock of history" is still ticking. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Lessig's ETCON Commons Speech Notes
Larry Lessig just announced that he's finished his brief to the Supreme Court on the Eldred case, which will challenge the indefinite extension of copyright (Irving Berlin's copyright will last for 140+ years). [Boing Boing]

Plenary: The Future of Ideas
Larry Lessig: What came out of my books was a dark story to be told. The interaction between the law and technology can destroy tremendous promise of what's being invented. [raelity bytes]

An Infinitely Hot and Dense Dialog
The Creative Commons session is going great guns. The dry rattle of fingers on keyboards is all around like a thousand high-tech maracas. CC is hoping to help copyright holders take affirmative action to release their works on terms that are more generous than the default copyright. [Boing Boing]

Session: "Distributed Content Management"
Dave Winer on "Distributed Content Management". Macromedia exposed the work being done on their new *MX products as a Weblog. [raelity bytes]

Omniscient Conferencing
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference this year has been great. But don't just take my word for it -- take a look at what Cory, Wes, Rael, Meg, Dan, Jason, Dave, Matt, or any number of other bloggers have to say about it. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Creative Commons is Live
The site for the Creative Commons project just went live -- go have a look at the roll-your-own open content license. This is way, way boss. [Boing Boing]

Breaking Old Regulations and Old Habits
Here's a quote uttered by Internet engineering expert David Reed today that everyone concerned with emerging technology (and wireless Internet in particular) should hear: "Under the current regulatory regime, 802.11 would never have been legalized." [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Emerging Technology Conference, Wednesday
Another outstanding day at the conference, topped off by a massive, chaotic, lovely blogger-folk gathering. [raelity bytes]

The Former Audience
I'm at Dan Gilmore's talk on Journalism 3.0. He's just said something that galvanized me: "The former audience." As in "Some day soon, there will be a major, newsworthy even in Japan and there will be 400 photos taken of it in the first minute by cam-equipped cellphones. Those 400 photos will make their way to news organizations and to individuals and we will have 400 visual perspectives of that event from the 'former audience.'" [Boing Boing]

Lawrence Lessig's Creative Commons
This AP wire story describes the Creative Commons -- Lawrence Lessig's new project to encourage authors and other creative people to make their work available for free, and with a simple licensing scheme. Lessig will officially launch the project tomorrow at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Tapping the Alpha Geek Noosphere with EtherPEG
Browsing the noosphere with EtherPEG for OS X is fun, and possibly hazardous to your mental health. Rob Flickenger describes the visual data flowing through the network at the Emerging Technology Conference. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Panopticon Meets Jabber
Danny's Blogger-stalker "Panopticon" for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference has been turned into a Web Service, outputting to Jabber: The data coming out of the server port is a stream of XML. [Boing Boing]

Megnut: Presentation Links
As I expected, the Emerging Technology conference is proving to be a fascinating blend of brilliant folks and wonderful new ideas. As for my presentation, and links related to it, here they are for those of you who didn't attend and want to see what it was about, and for those of you that did, and want further information on the topics I covered. [megnut.com]

Dr. Dobb's Audio and Video Keynote Coverage
Dr. Dobb's technetcast is featuring audio and video coverage of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Reports from the frontiers of software technology research include Tim O'Reilly on The Shape of Things to Come, Robert Morris (IBM) on Autonomic Computing, and more to come [Dr. Dobb's technetcast]

Session: "Fault-Tolerant Realpolitik"
Boingboinger, Cory Doctorow, on Fault-Tolerant Realpolitik: Abandoning Reliability Online. Napster died yesterday. Its CEO stepped down. Napster wasn't mission critical or reliable, yet attracted millions of users. [raelity bytes]

Dan Gillmor: The Technology Behind Napster is Far From Dead
Although Napster seems closer to death than ever, its progeny are multiplying, says Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor. Anyone stopping by the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Santa Clara this week surely noted the insurgency's continuing strength. The concepts Napster made popular, notably in the arena known as ``peer to peer'' technology, are an indelible and growing part of the scene. [SiliconValley.com]

InfoWorld: Microsoft Exec Touts OS Evolution
Operating systems need to evolve from performing traditional file management and I/O tasks to learning and accommodating user behaviors, a Microsoft executive said Tuesday during a keynote presentation at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. [InfoWorld]

Keynote: "City of Blogs"
Author, Steven Johnson, on "Emergence - From Real-World Cities to Online Communities". Cities are spacially centralized, but often the things about cities that we really like are built out of massively parallel decisions by the occupants of the city. [raelity bytes]

Emerging Technology Conference goes for Reliable and Secure
Many of my articles have enthusiastically promoted the hacker virtues of flexibility and features. But in the real world, reliability and security matter just as much. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Using the Wayback Machine to Move Forward
Listening to Brewster talk during his Tuesday afternoon session was both comforting and alarming. On one hand I was thankful for his efforts. On the other hand I was wondering -- what were we thinking? [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Nelson Minar on the Google API
Nelson's demoing the Google API and running through the process whereby it came into being. He's just getting into the SOAP versus REST holy war, and doing a nice job of tapdancing around the battle-lines (he started by showing a Google Smackdown of SOAP and REST). [Boing Boing]

Brewster Kahle on the Internet Archive
I'm at Brewster Kahle's talk on the Internet Archive. My favorite quip so far: "The major bug of the library of Alexandria was that it burned." Brewster's a man with a vision -- he's thinking way way ahead. [Boing Boing]

Session: "Sensor Technologies for Responsive Environments"
Joseph Paradiso, of MIT Media Lab's Responsive Environments Group, on "Sensor Technologies for Responsive Environments". Self-powered buttons: no batteries; enough energy from the button push itself to trigger a response. [raelity bytes]

Stalk the E-Tech Bloggers with the Panopticon
Danny "NTK" O'Brien has built an interactive blogger-stalker app in honor of the Emerging Technologies Conference. When you spot a blogger, you drag her/his avatar to the correct spot on the map and it updates everyone else's screen. [Boing Boing]

Keynote: "The Shape of Things to Come"
Tim O'Reilly launches the conference with "The Shape of Things to Come", meditations on the William Gibson quote: "The future is here, it's just not widely distributed." [raelity bytes]

Keynote: "Autonomic Computing"
Dr. Robert Morris, Director of the Almaden Research Center, on Autonomic Computing: A Foundation for Progress, a Catalyst for Change. Problems we haven't solved: The high cost of IT management, Availability, or lack thereof, User-experience. [raelity bytes]

Tim is Giving the Intro Keynote
Tim is giving the intro keynote. William Gibson: "The future is here; it's just not evenly distributed." The leading edge are not entrepreneurs but "alpha geeks" who assume the Internet as a platform, so they can build cooler stuff. [Hack the Planet]

Lightweight speed and power at Emerging Tech conference
This morning at the Emerging Technology Conference, O'Reilly staffer and author Rob Flinkenger explained why we need wireless community networks (the subject of his recent book) and how to make one that is flexible enough to provide great bandwidth to its owners while still offering public Internet access to anyone who happens by. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

NoCat and the Virtual Public Network
Oh, this is tasty. The NoCatAuth project is proposing to hand out slices of the 10.*.*.* network-space to people who operate radios that use NoCatAuth. [Boing Boing]

XML Web Services Part 1: The Data Model
I've been taken with Don Box's classroom style and ability to teach potentially confusing subject matter since the first class I sat in on at XTech a couple of years back. [raelity bytes]

Building Wireless Community Networks
Rob Flickenger, uber 802.11 hacker, is building wireless community networks. Rob's a very likeable, natural speaker -- even when being heckled by a front row consisting of the likes of Matt Peterson (BAWUG founder), Terrie Schmidt (NYCwireless), Matt Westervelt (Seattle Wireless), et al. [raelity bytes]

O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Monday
Today is tutorial day at the conference. The rooms are full to the brim with shiny, happy people learning. There's a nice mix of familiar and not-yet familiar faces. [raelity bytes]

A New Direction for Intellectual Property
The NY Times takes a gander at Creative Commons, a non-profit enabling simple ways for people to designate their work as being in the public domain. "It's a way to mark the spaces people are allowed to walk on" says Stanford Law professor, Larry Lessig. Creative Commons will be officially announced this week at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

 Articles by Conference Speakers

Lessig on the Future of the Public Domain
Lawrence Lessig discusses the pending Eldred Supreme Court case, his Creative Commons project, and the future of the public domain.

Clay Shirky: What Web Services Got Right ... and Wrong
Web Services represent not just a new way to build Internet applications, says Clay Shirky in this interview, but the second stage of peer-to-peer, in which distinctions between clients and servers are all but eliminated.

Microsoft's Research Director Taps Top Tech Trends
Rick Rashid, director of Microsoft Research, offers an insider’s look at what the future holds for computing trends and Star Trek fans.

How the Wayback Machine Works
Brewster Kahle tells how he archives and indexes 100 terabytes of data with 400 PCs.

The Body Electronic: An Interview With IBM's Robert Morris
IBM researchers are promoting the concept of "autonomic computing," in which systems are many, simple, and self-healing, much like the human body. O'Reilly editor Jim Sumser interviews IBM's Robert Morris.

Distributed Systems Topologies: Part 1
How does Gnutella's "network" differ from the one that Napster used, or SETI at Home? Nelson Minar describes the essential frameworks for distributed networks used today.

Distributed Systems Topologies: Part 2
An introduction to seven criteria for evaluating a P2P system design, including comments about their relative merits. With these building blocks, you can reach a general understanding of just about any network running on the Internet today.

Steven Johnson on "Emergence"
What do ant colonies, Sim City, and the neighborhoods of Florence have in common with emergent software development and intelligent networks? Steven Johnson talks with O'Reilly Network about the common threads of emergent systems.

Megnut: The Sanctity of Elements, or Why You Shouldn't be Double-clicking in a <textarea>
The customer is always um, er, well, the customer. This month Meg Hourihan delves into client relations and offers tips that might help you maintain happy customers and good UI.

The Street Finds its Own Use for the Law of Unintended Consequences
The problem with innovation is that you can't predict it. When Hollywood fought against the VCR in the early 1980s, no one could have predicted they would be fighting against personal video recorders (PVRs) 20 years later, to protect their revenues from pre-recorded movies. Cory Doctorow writes that Hollywood's legal attacks today are just as shortsighted, protecting the past at the expense of the future.

Google's Gaffe
Paul Prescod explains why moving its API to use SOAP was a backward step for the popular search engine, and argues for a return to a pure HTTP and XML interface.

 Photo Gallery


P2P poolside party
Images of today's sessions and keynotes from the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.


Play nice with others
Photos from the sessions and keynotes from Wednesday at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

Minar, Bezos, O'Reilly

Ogling Google
Photos from the second day, including Nelson Minar, Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly.

Dr. Robert Morris

Computers that fix themselves?
More photos from the second day of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, including keynote speakers Tim O'Reilly and Robert Morris.

Brian Jepson

C# Quick Start
Check out photos from the first day of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

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