Peer-to-peer is Dead, Long Live...What?
Clay Shirky, Decentralization Writer/Consultant, shirky.com
Lucas Gonze, Cofounder and CEO, WorldOS Corp.
Nelson Minar, Software Engineer, Google
Brian Morrow, President and COO, Endeavors Technology
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Kelly Truelove, Founder & CEO, Truelove Research
Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Wednesday, November 07
Location: Washington Ballroom
Peer-to-Peer is dead, long live...what?
The phrase peer-to-peer, originally coined to describe Napster and related architectures, has been stretched to, and perhaps past the breaking point, to include distributed computing, instant messaging, and server-less groupware, as well as fuzzier ideas like peer-to-peer journalism, and even extensions of the existing client/server architecture in the form of the writeable web, web services, and dynamic DNS.
Is this tent too big? Is all of this distribution and decentralization part of something larger where file sharing and real-time XML message passing and commodity supercomputers come together in a giant grid, or is peer-to-peer just a buzzword too far, a cousin of phrases like 'interactivity' and 'multimedia', mere placeholders which only last for as long as it takes us to really understand what's going on?