Of course, I my copious notes are on my dead laptop, so this is all from memory. Granted, it was only yesterday and my memory isn't THAT bad (yet).
Rael Dornfest on the Attention EconomyYou know the old saying if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all? The one thing I will say is that it felt like a sales pitch to come to the conference. Given that we we're already there, it seemed like an odd choice. I'll have more about Attention Economy with my post on today's sessions.
Tim O'Reilly on O'Reilly RadarTim had (not surprisingly) a bunch of interesting things to talk about. Probably the most interesting was the stuff about Bionic Software which Tim describes as a system "that combines the biological and mechanical systems to create an enhanced system that is more powerful than either alone." He described this as Intelligence Augmentation, instead of Artificial Intelligence. Bruce Sterling later talked about the importance of how things are named, and IA over AI is a great example of that.
However, Tim also went on at great length about the architecture of participation and harnessing collective intelligence. He's given many examples of these, however I'm wondering if he's over generalizing based on a few success stories. Companies like Amazon and Ebay are successful because they're in the middle of financial transactions. Google's been able to monetize the long tail of search to an amazing degree, but the growth of that market is slowing and Google has been unable to significantly monetize any of their other efforts (so far, though I doubt that trend will continue). Sites like del.icio.us and Flickr are great, but I don't see evidence of a business plan outside of "get acquired". On the del.icio.us about page, it specifically says that del.icio.us started as a hobby. Granted, hosting costs these days are such that you can run a hobby site for nearly nothing and cover that cost with Google Ads. But as a business, if there's only a few business success stories, why place the importance on the crowd's wisdom?
Bruce Sterling on The Internet of ThingsI couldn't do this talk justice even with my notes, so here are a couple of things that stood out:
Stick around, I'll be posting my thoughts on today's session a little later.