Looked at today, this interview - where Arthur C. Clarke appears to predict future technologies such as the internet and Computers as small as laptops - is particularly powerful because it takes place amidst those enormous computers of the mid-1970s. We see spinning tape drives and punch-card readers and cabinet-sized printers.
The father of the modern World Wide Web, Time Berners-Lee, speaks to the E-Government Conference about the Linked Open Data movement as part of a continuum of web publishing activities aimed at creating a Semantic Web. The idea he speaks of here is to give gold stars (like the ones you got in school) out to companies, schools, startups and organizations of all types based on their ability to publish data in Linked Data formats.
Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish in this funny and poignant follow-up to his well-received 2006 TED Talk.
Simple animation to explain what Linked Open Data is and why it's a good thing, both for users and for data providers.
To find more information about Europeana's linked data pilot, visit data.europeana.eu. If you'd like to read more on our open data policy, find it at pro.europeana.eu/support-for-open-data
The Singularity Summit is the premiere futurist conference (it's happening in New York City on October 15 and 16).
Among the speakers is Current TV's Jason Silva, the director of the forthcoming documentary, Turning into Gods. Taking a page from Timothy Leary, the folks behind the Whole Earth Catalog, Ray Kurzweil, and other visionaries, Silva's work looks at the ways in technological progress is allowing humans to direct their own evolution. And the ways in which prohibitionists of all stripes push back on new ways of being human.
"People have always sort of been scared of new technologies," says Silva. "But in the end we assimilate them and they improve the quality of our lives."
Interview by Reason's Zach Weissmueller. Shot and edited by Sharif Matar. About 11 minutes long.
Lisa Gansky is the author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, and the “instigator” behind the Mesh Directory. She often speaks on the topic of technology, social currency and business platforms and models.
The SOA4All project (http://www.soa4all.eu/) just released a video illustrating its approach and final results. This video describes the current trends in the Future Internet of services and the Web of Data. The SOA4All project considers resources to be services usable via the Service Web. In order to address the current limitations of service computing at Web scale and to lower the entry barrier for the average Web service workers, SOA4All combines Web principles, Web 2.0 technology, context management and semantics into a novel service delivery platform. The applicability of such a platform is manifold, and industrial partners such as SAP, BT and TIE have already demonstrated the benefits of SOA4All technology in the Public Sector, Telecommunications and eCommerce.
On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.
About Ze Frank
Ze Frank rose to Internet fame in 2001 with his viral video “How to Dance Properly,” and has been making online comedy, web toys and massively shared experiences ever since.
Interesting vision of how technology could be embedded into our lives in the next 4 years, especially like the fact that they try to make it more pervasive yet simplistic and thus accessible, mind you don't know if I want my bathroom mirror to be one of my main sources of information (other than how I look today), but interesting nonetheless...
Oh ya, and Sweden winning the World Cup? Go Ireland (or Canada)...