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We're five years into the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the stuff of which it is made shows no sign of abating: bandwidth continues to broaden, storage grows ever larger and cheaper, and content keeps pouring from the firehose. How do we visualize all of this digital data, filter it, remix it, and access it in meaningful ways? The coming technical challenge is not about generating digital content-we have more than enough already. It's time to do something with that data. It's time to build The Attention Economy.
As Herbert Simon wrote in Computers, Communications and the Public Interest in 1971, "What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it."
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) will be held
March 6-9, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, U.S.
Alpha geeks--hackers and other lead users--are a great early warning system for anyone who's watching the future of technology. What alpha geeks do today can radically alter the future of technology for everyone else tomorrow.
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference frames the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now into a coherent picture from which to extrapolate and upon which to start building. ETechs past have covered peer-to-peer networks to person-to-person mobile messaging, web services to weblogs, big-screen digital media to small-screen mobile gaming, hardware hacking to content remixing. We've hacked, blogged, ripped, remixed, tracked back, and tagged to the nth. Expect much of what you see in early form here to show up in the products and services you're taking for granted in the not-too-distant future.
We invite you to suggest speakers, topics, or technologies you think we should explore or wish you knew more about. Who's the person you've always wanted to see speak? Who is doing groundbreaking work that we should feature? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us what would make this year's ETech a must-attend.
ETech Opening Salvos - We've got so much to cram into ETech this year that we're jumping right into program on Monday evening. For a glimpse into future, don't miss the opening keynote presentations from Rael Dornfest, Tim O'Reilly, and the legendary science fiction author Bruce Sterling.