“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke,"Profiles of The Future"
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In 2007, we expect internet access to be instant, music collections to fit into our pockets, and communication as a constant. Technology is so tightly woven into our lives that at times we scarcely notice it. And yet, there are innovators, hackers, and thinkers plotting revolutions—often by simply reexamining underlying assumptions we already take for granted. From the infrastructure supporting mass-market players, the promise of mass computing, and alternative energy sources to personalized medicine, movie magic, web heresies, and talking paper, ETech 2007 explores the technological rejiggering and changes in perspective that are poised to blast off into the realm of magic. Join us March 26-29, 2007 in San Diego, CA—be a part of the ideas, tools, and discussions happening today that will give rise to the magic of tomorrow.
This year's ETech will also feature the second edition of the O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing on Monday, March 26. Tune in to an audio preview of the Executive Briefing with Tim O'Reilly and Brady Forrest.
MIT Media Lab
Studies and Observations
Amy Jo Kim
ETech 2007 Topics
This year's Emerging Technology Conference is about magic and the sufficiently advanced technology behind it. Some magical effects are made by big technology, others by judicious selection and integration of existing subtle technologies:
- Logistics masters such as FedEx, UPS, Amazon, Netflix, and Wal-Mart move millions of products every day. What's behind the orchestration jujitsu that makes it possible?
- When will you be able to watch a DVD containing the month's top movie rentals—or at least the first 15 minutes of each while the rest trickles in through the network?
- "Bionic systems" combine biological behaviors with mechanical systems to create an amalgam that is more powerful than either could be alone (think Amazon's Mechanical Turk). Where is this people-inside intelligence appearing in projects, products, and services?
- Programmers dream of the data-store in the sky: an enormous, secure, easily-mashable information pool that raises software above the level of a single device and data above the level of a single application and use. Google and Amazon are getting there with their terabytes of data. What does this mean for the way we interact with our data? What impact does this data-ubiquity have program design?
- With an energy crisis looming, where will our power come from in the not-too-distant future? From the Toyota Prius to hydrogen fuel cells to human-powered generators in ones shoes, what's next on the energy horizon?