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An Invitation From Tim O'Reilly and Rael Dornfest

Tim O'Reilly.

Rael Dornfest

We are at the beginning of a new era of network computing. Peer-to-Peer, Web services, and frameworks like Microsoft's .NET are just the tip of the iceberg. We're moving from a world of standalone devices, each with their own local operating system, to one in which every device is networked and applications are routinely built to rely on remote services. The race is on to define a next generation Internet operating system, because if one thing is clear, it's that whoever controls the application frameworks and foundation services will be in the driver's seat for the entire industry.

Web services frameworks and distributed applications are not the only major drivers of the next generation. With broadband and high speed wireless networks growing in availability, "plugging-in" is becoming easier, less expensive, more powerful, and more pervasive. Add a new crop of Internet enabled tablet PC/pager/cell phones with better interfaces, and we will soon be tossing that old monitor on its ear. Untethered devices relying on remote services also require new programming paradigms, radical rethinking of user interfaces, and adaptive, self-healing programs and networks.

While the Internet OS is nowhere near as complete as the name suggests, it is very definitely the target of the strategic plans of the largest software companies. But they don't have all the answers. There are many critical bits and pieces in progress at research labs, start-up companies, and standards bodies.

In planning the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, we asked ourselves, who is creating the software and services that will change the face of computing and the Internet as we know it? What are the key lessons we can learn from the pioneers? What links in the connectivity puzzle are weak and need work? How can we take the Internet Operating System to the next level? The speakers and exhibitors at this conference are not only inventing a new Internet, they are coming up with new ways of thinking about computing. By examining leading edge projects, approaches, and technologies that are not always looked at in the same context, we are able to "connect the dots" and see a more complete picture of the new world that is emerging.

We have comprehensive tutorials and sessions exploring the latest ideas about web services, peer-to-peer, wireless networking, security and identity, distributed computing, GPS, GIS and location-based computing, biological and autonomic computing models, as well as the business models, standards, and infrastructure required to make them work- right from the innovators who are making it all happen.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Tim O'Reilly
Founder & President
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.


Rael Dornfest
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc,
Program Chair, Emerging Technologies Conference

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