The Mechanical Turk, Voice 3.0, Java Podcasts, and Reading Pitches

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly look ahead to ETech and discuss applications that do and that could benefit from working with people. Jeff Bonforte talks about Voice 3.0 and speech recognition. Chris Adamson surveys some of the popular Java podcasts. We present an excerpt from Joseph Adler's book Baseball Hacks. (DTF 02-03-2006: 29 minutes 42 seconds)

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Distributing the Future February 10, 2006: "The Mechanical Turk, Voice 3.0, Java Podcasts, and Reading Pitches"

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1:30 The Mechanical Turk

Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly talked to various members of the press in this preview of next month's Emerging Technology conference. As computers can do more heavy lifting for us they can access more and more potentially interesting content. But how do we begin to wade through this enormous amount of information? The answer is to pull from the strengths of both people and of machines. (8:40)

10:10 Voice 3.0

Yahoo's Jeff Bonforte says that the telephone has served us pretty well and is not going away any time soon. But, Jeff explained in his Emerging Telephony address, we should be looking beyond the Voice 1.0 era of telephones to Voice 2.0 and 3.0. He explains what he sees in each of these categories and ends with his vision for voice recognition. (7:50)

18:00 Java Podcasts

Chris Adamson is the editor for both and ONJava. He's constantly looking out for what's new and important in the world of Java development. Lately he's been using his ears as well as his eyes. He wrote about Java podcasts in a series of articles (The Java Podcasters, Part 1 and Part 2. He's put together some excerpts from some of the podcasters he interviewed so you can get a feel for their work. (6:10)

24:10 Baseball Hacks

In the U.S., it's almost time for baseball season. This week pitchers and catchers report to spring training. We're celebrating with an excerpt from Joseph Adler's new book Baseball Hacks. We present a piece of Hack #4 on Reading Pitches. Five other hacks are online as PDFs on the book's home page. (5:05)

Total running time: 29:42

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of ITConversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

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Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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