Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Paul Querna gives a quick summary of an ongoing open source project called Cast written in Node.js. It is a framework for deploying applications. Cast provides tools for system administrators and developers to create, deploy, maintain, and monitor distributed services written in any language. The internals are structured around building RESTful APIs for all operations, so all tasks can be scripted and more powerful tools built on top. Web locations are provided and collaborators encouraged to visit.
Speech technology expert and noted author Moshe Yudkowsky laments, " ...the models and information required by speech technology is simply too great for today's open source collaborations." Yudkowsky discusses the practical edge of speech technology, covering solutions for both large and small businesses.
Did you know California's entire research network of educational institutions, kindergarten through college, now empties directly into Amazon's cloud storage system? From data generated by thousands of Web 2.0 companies every second to terabytes of data generated by government at every level; this may be the golden age of data set collection. In this presentation Werner Vogels defines Big Data, examines the challenges that big data creates, and invites everyone to consider the types of innovation necessary to handle them.
Does pizza taste better than broccoli? If you're like most people, you're going to answer pizza. It should come as no surprise then, that many health experts point to our preference for unhealthy food as a leading cause for the obesity problem in the United States. Clay Johnson suggests that a similar trend is happening in the way we consume content. In this keynote, Clay illustrates how our web preferences are impacting the type of content media companies produce and what we can do to combat our information over-consumption.
Leading a panel of several investing experts, James Enck points out several challenges the telecommunications value chain faces after the recent recession. Several problems might mirror the dot-com bubble, but investors and entrepreneurs also have new obstacles, including the increasing importance of online businesses and infrastructure, the varying need for capital and smaller profit margins, and the continued instability of the credit market.
A primary goal for developers has been to attract eyeballs and create "addictive" experiences. Kelly Goto advises against encouraging addictive behavior in development and innovation. According to Goto human-to-machine communication is presently the standard. As machine-to-human communication and innovation becomes more common, Goto wonders if this will begin a new phase for enhancement of the user experience.
We are sharing more than ever. We're sharing so much that we're struggling to understand what to do with the data. We've become data rich, but information poor. It is estimated that we're sharing more than five exabytes of data every two days; roughly the same amount of online data that the world generated until 2003. In this keynote address Hilary Mason introduces some of the challenges of the new age of the exabyte. She offers what she sees as the opportunity to make the world a better place, by converting data into information.
In this fiery speech, Christian Bahls speaks out as a voice of reason against the WhiteIT project. WhiteIT is a German initiative that seeks to reduce child pornography on the Internet. Bahls' warning is to look carefully into objectives and goals of the project. His concern is that the initiative is trying to use child pornography as a cover to implement intrusive technologies. In addition, he suggests that the initiative misses the larger problem of preventing child abuse and exploitation.
In the early years of personal computing, if you wanted a PC you had to build it yourself. That's how Lew Tucker sees cloud computing. Tucker thinks cloud computing is still in the do-it-yourself stage, but just like with PCs, Tucker believes a common architecture will emerge. For Tucker, that architecture is Open Stack, an open source collection of software that provides a set of services for cloud computing.