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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
—Arthur C. Clarke,"Profiles of The Future"

ETech 2007 is a wrap!
Save the date for ETech 2008: March 3-6 in San Diego.

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.

Conference Speakers

Andy Kessler
Andy Kessler

Andy Kessler is a bestselling author, most recently of The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor. After a BSEE from Cornell and MSEE from Illinois, he worked ...more

Mike Kuniavsky

Mike Kuniavsky researches, designs and writes about people's experiences at the intersection of technology and everyday life. Companies and universities around the world use his 2003 book, "Observing the User Experience," to understand and ...more

Adam Greenfield

Studies and Observations
Adam is an internationally-recognized writer and user-experience consultant. Before starting his current practice, Adam was lead information architect for Razorfish in Tokyo; he's also been, at various points, a rock critic for SPIN, a ...more

Seth Raphael

MIT Media Lab
Seth Raphael, of the MIT Media Lab, studies the emotion of wonder. Straddling the world of academia and magic, he is using technology to discover what physiological and cognitive effects the emotion of ...more

Amy Jo Kim

Amy Jo "AJ" Kim is an internationally known designer of networked games and gaming communities. Her clients include Electronic Arts, eBay, Limelife, Digital Chocolate, MTV, Square/Enix, and Yahoo! She's also the author of Community ...more

Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole ...more

Arthur Benjamin

Arthur Benjamin is one of the world's fastest "lightning calculators." He is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and a professional magician, frequently performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 2005, Reader's ...more

Avi Bryant

Dabble DB
Avi Bryant is the co-CEO of Dabble DB, a Vancouver startup focused on web-based data management and collaboration tools. He is the author and maintainer of the Seaside web application framework, and is ...more

Andy KesslerMike KuniavskyAdam GreenfieldSeth RaphaelAmy Jo Kim
Tim O'ReillyArthur BenjaminAvi Bryant Also Speaking:

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?