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 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference Coverage.


 Press Coverage and Weblogs

Salon: How May We Web Service You?  At the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, "Web services" were all the rage. But what will happen when companies get cold feet--and the lawsuits start?   [Salon]

The O'Reilly Radar  -- Tim O'Reilly's talk on the "O'Reilly Radar" at Etech has led to some misleading reports.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Reuters: Web Innovators See Biggest Gains from Small Hacks  -- Traffic jams across Silicon Valley are fewer and farther between these days, with nearly 200,000 jobs lost at companies around town, and no hope of a technology-spending pickup anywhere in sight. But for hundreds of do-it-yourself technology developers drawn to the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, prospects have never seemed brighter.   [Yahoo! News]

Wired: Brave New World of Web Services  -- Rich Internet applications, also called Web services, are a major focus this week at Etech.   [Wired]

MacSpotlight: Community and Innovation at Etech  -- For the third year in a row, hundreds of executives, techies, and entrepreneurs came together for the annual O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Underneath the immense learning and networking opportunities and the exhibit hall, this conference isn't like all the others.   [MacSpotlight]

InfoWorld: Google Eats Own Pyra Dog Food  -- Two months after Google acquired blog-technology developer Pyra Labs, the company is already eating its own dog food. Craig Silverstein, Google's director of technology, told an audience here at Etech that the company has started using Pyra's blog tool for internal communications and product development.   [InfoWorld]

ExtremeTech: Killer Apps Share a Common Thread: Hacker Geeks  -- Envisioning and identifying the next "killer app" can seem almost impossible to social scientists. But one analyst insisted that phenomena like geoblogging, virtual graffiti, and real-time photojournalism share a common ancestry.   [ExtremeTech]

New Scientist: Million-User Online Game Previewed  -- The first online computer game designed to accommodate a million simultaneous players will be previewed on Friday. The game, called Rekonstruction, is not scheduled for commercial release until autumn 2004. But some of the challenges involved in building it will be revealed at Etech.   [New Scientist]

Etech: Final Thoughts  -- After finally catching up on much needed sleep after Etech, Robert Kaye has a few final observations to get out of his head.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Lessons for Social Software Design  -- As we've come to expect from our cult leader, Clay Shirky, his talk "A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy" was densely packed with valuable information for anyone wishing to design social software.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Etech Presentation Files  -- Here are some 2003 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference sessions with downloadable presentation files. More are on the way.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Etech Report: Finishing on Pure Adrenalin  -- We're into the third and final day at the Emerging Technology Conference, but here is a quick recap of some of the happenings yesterday.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Wired: Where Real Cyber Worlds Collide  -- Although the speakers and attendees are gathered here in Silicon Valley, much of the real action at this week's O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference is happening in cyberspace.   [Wired]

PC World: Tech Books to Enter Public Domain  -- Computer book publisher O'Reilly & Associates is taking a dramatic stand against automatic extensions of U.S. copyrights by voluntarily limiting its own copyright protection on hundreds of technical titles--and promising they'll enter the public domain after that.   [PC World]

Techieindex: Etech Coverage  -- Hackers and other lead users are a great early warning system if you want to think about the future of technology. Because they are more capable with computers than most users, they do things today that everyone else will be doing in a couple of years.   [Techieindex]

Wired: Futurist Fears End of Innovation  -- Author Howard Rheingold believes the freedom of technologists to innovate is under attack as never before. Delivering his keynote speech, Rheingold warned that vested interests, flexing their political and economic muscle, are stifling technological innovation.   [Wired]

New Scientist: Customized Copyright Licences Going Global  -- A customizable form of copyright license will soon be available internationally through the Creative Commons, a non-profit organization based in the U.S. The organization already offers U.S. artists a way to build their own copyright agreements.   [New Scientist]

Video -- First Half of Howard Rheingold's Keynote  -- Here's video of the first half of Howard Rheingold's keynote from Etech.   [On Lisa Rein's Radar]

Request for Help from a Geek Volunteer  -- Over the years, O'Reilly has donated books to many nonprofits and schools in developing countries. Last October, Tim received an email from Sudhakar Chandra, a self-described "geek volunteer," that got him thinking about how O'Reilly and other companies could do a better job of supporting the good works of people like Sudhakar.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Small Comments Loosely Joined  -- Links from Ben Hammersley's talk: DCTerms mod_threading Easy News Topics What's interesting about each is the possibility of capturing trackback like information in a manner that should be easily consumable by aggregators.  [Sam Ruby]

Etech Conference Day 1: The kid is in the candy store  -- Exhilarated. Frantic. Enlightened. Engaged. Over-caffinated. Spent. I have to sheepishly admit to being a kid in a candy store here at the Etech conference.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Journalism 3.1b2: Dan Gillmor's Talk at Etech  -- Cory's notes from "Journalism 3.1b2," Dan Gillmor's talk at Etech.   [Boing Boing]

A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy: Clay Shirky's Talk  -- Notes from Clay Shirky's Etech talk, "A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy: Social Structure in Social Software."  [Boing Boing]

Alan Kay on Scalable Group Collaboration (Open Croquet)  -- Alan Kay showed us a pre-alpha demo of some software (called Open Croquet, I think) written in Smalltalk and Squeak. The collective collaboration of Hydra + Star Trek's Holodeck + The Matrix.   [kottke.org]

Daddy, Are We There Yet?  -- Cory's running notes from Alan Kay's Etech talk, "'Daddy, Are We There Yet?' The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet."  [Boing Boing]

Thursday Happenings at Etech  -- What's on tap today at Etech: Alan Kay, inventor of the Smalltalk programming language, talking about why the computer revolution hasn't happened yet; Macromedia's Kevin Lynch on personal interfaces; the all-powerful Clay Shirky (all hail Clay, for he is our God!) talks about the group getting in its own way in social software. . . .  [kottke.org]

Internet Bookmobile at Etech  -- Brewster Kahle is currently speaking about the Internet Bookmobile. It'll be downstairs after the session and you can get your own book printed. Donations for the continued operation of the Bookmobile are appreciated.  [kottke.org]

Notes from Wireless Routing and Multi-Hop Architectures  -- Cory Doctorow's notes from Christian Dubiel's Etech talk on "Wireless Routing/Multi-Hop Architectures."  [Boing Boing]

Starving the Ants  -- During his talk on "Biological Computing," Eric Bonabeau mentioned that to run experiments with ants, they had to starve them to get them to do anything. There's a push to starve the ants, as it were, with the DMCA, the Broadcast Flag, Patriot II, plugging the analog hole, and the like. At some point, this is going to result in some pretty hungry ants.   [kottke.org]

Eric Blossom and Matt Ettus' Talk on GNU Radio  -- Notes from Eric Blossom and Matt Ettus' Etech talk on GNU Radio.  [Boing Boing]

Etech: DRM Panel  -- Cory's comments on Digital Restrictions Management in this morning's panel discussion puts DRM's social effects into perspective.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Bottom-Up Conference  -- You can tell this conference is bottom-up rather than top-down when digerati Esther Dyson and Howard Rheingold are sitting on the floor in a packed O'Reilly presentation. Can you imagine Alan Greenspan sitting on the floor of some financial conference?  [kottke.org]

Wired: Tech Forum Tackles Big Ideas   -- Call it a Davos for geeks. . . . "It's a three-day jam session for geeks," said Cory Doctorow, a sci-fi writer and blogger who helped organize Etech 2003. "It's a brainstorm. It's all the really exciting, novel ideas and approaches to technology."  [Wired]

CNET: New Technologies Face Legal Headaches  -- Companies face a host of legal land mines that they need to consider when developing emerging technologies, lawyers at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference told developers Tuesday.  [CNET]

Hydradizing Conference Sessions  -- Hydra, the "seven brains are smarter than one" concurrent document editor, is remarkably useful for taking notes in conference sessions. This is especially true when rendezvous-enabled

Orlowski Slams O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference  -- In a bit of hatchet journalism, Orlowski accuses the Emerging Technology conference committee, and Clay Shirky in particular, of being a cult, and a "circle jerk." My comments on this bit of ugliness.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

The Register: Social Software Author 'Not Miffed' by Conference Shutout  -- Down in Santa Clara this week, O'Reilly & Associates is hosting something called an "Emerging Technology Conference," which began life two years ago as the P2P conference, back when Peer-to-Peer was the rage. . . .  [The Register]

Howard Rheingold on Software and Action  -- Some key points from Howard Rheingold's keynote, "Technology Innovation and Collective Action."  [kottke.org]

Rheingold's "Technology Innovation and Collective Action"  -- Notes on Howard Rheingold's opening keynote at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, "Technology Innovation and Collective Action."  [Boing Boing]

Introducing Confab!  Ludicorp has whipped together a really cool social space for Etech called Confab. It'll be interesting to see how well it works and what sorts of behaviors emerge during the conference.  [megnut]

Acting Locally  -- kottke.org is at Etech and experimenting with an event-oriented weblog. Participants at the conference using the WiFi network who visit kottke.org will get a special Etech page. The Etech page has quick conference links at the top and Jason Kottke's current status so people can find him if they wish.  [kottke.org]

Confab by Ludicorp  -- Building on one of last year's conference darlings, Danny O'Brien's Panopticon, Ludicorp is demoing Confab. Taking advantage of the formation of the transient geographic group interacting in both real and virtual spaces here at Etech, Confab is an ad-hoc conversation space mapped to the conference facility's floorplan, allowing you to discuss and debate sessions live with other attendees.  [kottke.org]

Pix: Day One of Etech  -- Cory Doctorow has posted a few photos from Day One of the Emerging Technology Conference.  [Boing Boing]

Etech: Laws and Emerging Technology  -- The first Etech tutorial, Laws and Emerging Technology, put a number of current legal issues on the table for emergent tech geeks to consider. Fred von Lohman and Rajiv Patel help sort out the pertinent issues.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Andrew "Bunnie" Huang's Tutorial on Hardware Hacking  -- Notes from Bunnie's tutorial. Bunnie is the hardware hacker who cracked the X-Box while at MIT. His presentation is a brilliant and inspiring call to arms to dig into the guts of our boxes.  [Boing Boing]

Amazon Hacks Announced  -- So the cat was let out of the bag today at Etech's Amazon Workshop. Paul Bausch is working on an O'Reilly book called Amazon Hacks. Now that the project is public, he's going to step up his efforts at finding code for the book. If you have a bit of cool Amazon hackery, submit a hack on O'Reilly's Hacks site.  [onfocus.com]

Patents in Emerging Technology  -- Cory's impressionistic notes from Rajiv P. Patel's talk on patents in emerging technology.  [Boing Boing]

Notes from "Legal Issues and Emerging Technology"   -- Cory's running notes from Fred von Lohmann's tutorial, "Laws and Emerging Technology," from the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.  [Boing Boing]

Understanding the Web Services Stack  -- Sam Ruby's slides from his half of today's Etech tutorial.  [Sam Ruby]

Emerging Technology Week  -- Dan Gillmor writes, "A hugely busy week coming up, especially at the Emerging Technology conference, sponsored by the same company that's publishing my upcoming book."  [SiliconValley.com]

Everything You Need to Know About the Emerging Technology Conference  -- Want to see weblogs, pictures, media reviews, announcements, exhibitor info, or sign up for a day pass? Here's your hitchhiker's guide to Etech 2003.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Don't Create a Network When Joining the Network  -- If you're using a Windows box at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference, be very careful when you're configuring your card that you *do not create* an ad-hoc WiFi network called "oreilly." This happens when you enter the SSID into the "create network" box instead of the "join network" box. If you do this, you will knock other users offline.  [Boing Boing]

Etech IRC Channel   -- Rich Gibson has set up an IRC channel for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference: #etcon now exists on irc.freenode.net. Jump on the channel later in the day to participate in the chatter. The first tutorials start at 8 AM.  [Boing Boing]

On Lisa Rein's Radar  -- Lisa Rein is presenting with Brewster Khale this Wednesday afternoon from 3:45 - 4:30 in the Lafayette/San Tomas/Lawrence room at the Emerging Technology Conference going on all week in Santa Clara.  [On Lisa Rein's Radar]

The Official Etech Wiki  -- Welcome to the official Etech Wiki, provided by Socialtext. A wiki is the simplest way for a conference community space to be created by attendees.  [ETCon Wiki]

How Google Grows  -- Fast Company has a wonderfully in-depth article on the success of Google. Bottom line:

Sidebar: How does Google keep innovating? One big factor is the company's willingness to fail. Google engineers are free to experiment with new features and new services and free to do so in public. The company frequently posts early versions of new features on the site and waits for its users to react.
These are just the themes we asked Google's Craig Silverstein to cover in his upcoming O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference keynote, Google, Innovation, and the Web[O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Emerging Technology on The Screen Savers  -- Cory Doctorow and Rael Dornfest visited Leo Laporte on TechTV's The Screen Savers. They chatted about the upcoming O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and some of the technolgies they see as emerging. Among the topics discussed were: Mesh Networking, Hardware Hacking, Rich Internet Applications, and Social Software. TechTV has made the segment available online for your streaming enjoyment. 

 Features and Photos

Feed Your Head at Etech 2003  A week in Santa Clara for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference provided attendees with lots to chew on. Daniel Steinberg gives an inside look at the people and the topics that helped make this such a satisfying event.  [OpenP2P.com]

But What's the Question?
But What's the Question? The Emerging Technology Conference isn't just about finding answers; it's also about discovering the right questions to ask. After a very full schedule on Thursday, Friday brings the event to a close with some answers, a few lingering questions, and plenty to think about.

Swarms and Mobs at This Year's Etech  -- Individually, Eric Bonabeau's keynote on "Biological Computing" and Howard Rheingold's address on Smart Mobs would have been interesting. Taken together, you can see the application of emergent behavior described by Bonabeau to the technological challenges issued by Rheingold. And that's what makes conferences like Etech so powerful. Here's a look at what exceeds the sum of its parts with these two keynotes.  [OpenP2P.com]

It's a Laptop World
It's a Laptop World -- Whether it be on break, in sessions, or relaxing in the lounge, it's a laptop world at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Here's a look at speakers and attendees in action--often they are one and the same.

Public Demonstration
Public Demonstration -- "There are three things you don't do in public... and mathematics is one of them," said Eric Bonabeau after one of his math slides appeared on screen in Greek instead of English because of a font problem. Bonabeau's keynote address on Biological Computing was one of the many highlights during Wednesday's activities at the Emerging Technology Conference.

Cory Doctorow's View of Etech
Cory Doctorow's View of Etech -- Etech committee member, sci-fi writer, and free-rights technologist Cory Doctorow wields his digital camera at the Emerging Technology Conference. Here is a selection of his images from Day One.

Hit the Ground Running
Hit the Ground Running -- Sure, we're here for the tutorials today, but half the fun is hooking up with friends and settling in at the Westin Santa Clara. Here's an inside look at the Emerging Technology Conference as it comes to life.

Daddy, Are We There Yet? A Discussion with Alan Kay  -- Some guys are always ahead of the curve. Alan Kay was working on a notebook computer called the Dynabook thirty-five years ago. "Twenty years ago at PARC," Kay says, "I thought we would be way beyond where we are now. I was dissatisfied with what we did there. The irony is that it looks pretty good." So where are we now? Daniel Steinberg chats with Alan Kay to find out.  [OpenP2P.com]

Meet the News Makers
Meet the News Makers -- Dan Gillmor is the technology and business columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and writes a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He'll be leading the Thursday session, Journalism 3.1b2, where he'll talk about how journalism is evolving away from its lecture mode (here's the news, and you buy it or you don't) to a conversation where interactive technology is the catalyst. Dan will also be leading a Journalism BOF, participating in a Warblogging panel, and joining a session on DRM. The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference is your opportunity to meet the people who shape the news.

Internet Perspectives
The Next Revolution: Smart Mobs  -- What do you get when you mix together millions of cell phones and P2P-enabled computers with wireless Internet floating in the air and users reviewing products, sellers, and each other? Smart mobs. That's what Howard Rheingold, a keynoter at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference, calls these folks. Read what he has to say about this third computing revolution.  [OpenP2P.com]

Hot Spots Start to Get Real  -- More and more public locations are cutting the Internet cord and going wireless. Glenn Fleishman provides you with an update of who's hot, and who's not.  [Wireless DevCenter]

Making Feature-Rich, Movable Type RSS Files  -- RSS feeds, especially RSS 1.0 ones, are made much more valuable with every extra piece of information you can put inside. Ben Hammersley, author of Content Syndication with RSS, walks through how to create a feed that contains all of the data you can possibly pull out of a standard Movable Type installation.  [Web Development DevCenter]

Internet Perspectives
Cory Doctorow's Bitchun' World: P2P Gone Wild  -- In the world of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, you're always on the Net, reputation matters more than cash, and your life is on a hard disk. Sound familiar? Richard Koman interviews the author.  [Policy DevCenter]

Swarm Intelligence: An Interview with Eric Bonabeau  -- The concept of swarm intelligence is borrowed from nature, and in this interview with Eric Bonabeau, that's where the conversation begins--with ants and other social insects. Dr. Bonabeau takes us from his childhood nightmares of carnivorous wasps to applying the theories of swarm intelligence to solving real problems in the business world.  [OpenP2P.com]

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