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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Keynote: Emergence - From Real-World Cities to Online Communities
Steven Johnson, Co-founder, Outside.in

Track: Keynote
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 8:30am - 9:15am
Location: Lawrence

Software development and programming models are borrowing increasingly from the study of self-organizing, complex systems, and online gathering places are now populated by hundreds of thousands of users. Steven Johnson, co-creator of the Webby-award-winning Plastic.com community site, examines the connection between software and the "massively parallel" growth and evolution of real-world cities. For millennia, urban centers have been capturing and storing group information with astonishing efficiency, creating neighborhoods that detect and broadcast patterns of behavior back to their residents.

What lessons did the creators of Plastic take from the dynamic structure of the metropolis, and how can software designers apply those principles generally?

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