Watching
the Alpha Geeks
     Tim O’Reilly

  O’Reilly Media, Inc.
     www.oreilly.com



 CIO Strategy Exchange
    Nove...
We’re best known as a book publisher




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What We Really Do At O'Reilly



      Change the world by spreading the
          knowledge of innovators




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How we do it

    • Find interesting technologies and people
      innovating from the edge

    • Amplify their effective...
How we do it

    • Find interesting technologies and people
      innovating from the edge

    • Amplify their effective...
How we do it

    • Find interesting technologies and people
      innovating from the edge

    • Amplify their effective...
Some Examples

    • First books on Linux and Perl - 1991
    • First book on the internet, covered WWW
      when there w...
Watch the Alpha Geeks

    • New technologies first exploited by hackers, then
      entrepreneurs, then platform players
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quot;The future is here. It's just not
     evenly distributed yet.quot;



                        --William Gibson



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Closer to home...




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“A PC on every desk and in every home”




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“The PC is just a toy.”




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In 1998, search had largely been written
     off as a business opportunity...




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“Organize all the world’s information”




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Hackers Like Big Challenges




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Ten Things That Will
  Rock Your World
       Tim O’Reilly

    O’Reilly Media, Inc.
       www.oreilly.com



   CIO Stra...
1. “Harnessing Collective
           Intelligence”




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Web 2.0 is about finding meaning
             in user-generated data,
     and turning that meaning into real-time
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OpenCV: Computer Vision




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2. The End of the
     Relational Database Paradigm




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3. Re-mix Culture Goes Mainstream




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4. Disaster Relief and Social Action




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How can I make any difference?




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quot;A victory small enough to be
     organized is too small to be
     decisive.quot;

                          --Eliot...
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Tracking Illegal Deforestation in Brazil
     with Google Earth




      Source: New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2...
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4. Energy and Global Warming




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“We’re F**ked!”




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5. Government (and Business)
            Transparency




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7. Hacking Gets Physical




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The Sensor Revolution




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VCR Cat Feeder




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8. Open Source Hardware
     and the future of manufacturing




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The Power Supply for One Laptop Per
     Child
      Colin Bulthaup, Potenco: “We used to get
      mockups. Now we get ne...
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9. Instrumenting the World

      We are moving out of the world in which people
      typing on keyboards will drive coll...
Natalie Jeremijenko’s Feral Robot Dogs




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3D beijing




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What’s Next?




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11. Body and Mind Hacking




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12. Synthetic Biology




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For More Information


      • What is Web 2.0?
      http://www.oreillynet.com/go/web2
      • http://tim.oreilly.com
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  1. 1. Watching the Alpha Geeks Tim O’Reilly O’Reilly Media, Inc. www.oreilly.com CIO Strategy Exchange November 5, 2008
  2. 2. We’re best known as a book publisher 2
  3. 3. What We Really Do At O'Reilly Change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators 3
  4. 4. How we do it • Find interesting technologies and people innovating from the edge • Amplify their effectiveness by spreading the information needed for others to follow them. • Books 4
  5. 5. How we do it • Find interesting technologies and people innovating from the edge • Amplify their effectiveness by spreading the information needed for others to follow them. • Books, Conferences 5
  6. 6. How we do it • Find interesting technologies and people innovating from the edge • Amplify their effectiveness by spreading the information needed for others to follow them. • Books, Conferences, Online 6
  7. 7. Some Examples • First books on Linux and Perl - 1991 • First book on the internet, covered WWW when there were only 200 web sites - 1992 • Launched first commercial web site, 1993 • First advocacy about web services - 1997 • Organized meeting where term “open source” was adopted - 1998 • Coined term Web 2.0 to describe rules for new internet platform - 2004 • Make: celebrates the new DIY - 2006 7
  8. 8. Watch the Alpha Geeks • New technologies first exploited by hackers, then entrepreneurs, then platform players • Three examples – Wireless community networks predict universal Wi-Fi – Screen scraping predicts web services and the internet as platform – “The pedal powered internet” predicts new focus on energy Rob Flickenger and his potato chip can antenna 8
  9. 9. quot;The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet.quot; --William Gibson 9
  10. 10. Closer to home... 10
  11. 11. 11
  12. 12. “A PC on every desk and in every home” 12
  13. 13. “The PC is just a toy.” 13
  14. 14. In 1998, search had largely been written off as a business opportunity... 14
  15. 15. “Organize all the world’s information” 15
  16. 16. Hackers Like Big Challenges 16
  17. 17. Ten Things That Will Rock Your World Tim O’Reilly O’Reilly Media, Inc. www.oreilly.com CIO Strategy Exchange November 5, 2008
  18. 18. 1. “Harnessing Collective Intelligence” 18
  19. 19. 19
  20. 20. 20
  21. 21. 21
  22. 22. 22
  23. 23. 23
  24. 24. Web 2.0 is about finding meaning in user-generated data, and turning that meaning into real-time user-facing services 24
  25. 25. 25
  26. 26. 26
  27. 27. OpenCV: Computer Vision 27
  28. 28. 28
  29. 29. 2. The End of the Relational Database Paradigm 29
  30. 30. 30
  31. 31. 31
  32. 32. 32
  33. 33. 33
  34. 34. 34
  35. 35. 35
  36. 36. 36
  37. 37. 37
  38. 38. 38
  39. 39. 3. Re-mix Culture Goes Mainstream 39
  40. 40. 40
  41. 41. 41
  42. 42. 4. Disaster Relief and Social Action 42
  43. 43. 43
  44. 44. How can I make any difference? 44
  45. 45. quot;A victory small enough to be organized is too small to be decisive.quot; --Eliot Janeway, Struggle for Survival 45
  46. 46. 46
  47. 47. 47
  48. 48. 48
  49. 49. Tracking Illegal Deforestation in Brazil with Google Earth Source: New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/19/world/americas/19brazil.html 49
  50. 50. 50
  51. 51. 51
  52. 52. 52
  53. 53. 4. Energy and Global Warming 53
  54. 54. 54
  55. 55. “We’re F**ked!” 55
  56. 56. 56
  57. 57. 57
  58. 58. 58
  59. 59. 59
  60. 60. 5. Government (and Business) Transparency 60
  61. 61. 61
  62. 62. 62
  63. 63. 63
  64. 64. 64
  65. 65. 65
  66. 66. 7. Hacking Gets Physical 66
  67. 67. The Sensor Revolution 67
  68. 68. VCR Cat Feeder 68
  69. 69. 69
  70. 70. 8. Open Source Hardware and the future of manufacturing 70
  71. 71. 71
  72. 72. 72
  73. 73. 73
  74. 74. The Power Supply for One Laptop Per Child Colin Bulthaup, Potenco: “We used to get mockups. Now we get new working prototypes on a weekly basis.” 74
  75. 75. 75
  76. 76. 76
  77. 77. 77
  78. 78. 78
  79. 79. 79
  80. 80. 80
  81. 81. 9. Instrumenting the World We are moving out of the world in which people typing on keyboards will drive collective intelligence applications. Increasingly, applications are driven by new kinds of sensors. 81
  82. 82. Natalie Jeremijenko’s Feral Robot Dogs 82
  83. 83. 83
  84. 84. 84
  85. 85. 3D beijing 85
  86. 86. What’s Next? 86
  87. 87. 87
  88. 88. 88
  89. 89. 89
  90. 90. 90
  91. 91. 11. Body and Mind Hacking 91
  92. 92. 92
  93. 93. 93
  94. 94. 94
  95. 95. 95
  96. 96. 96
  97. 97. 97
  98. 98. 98
  99. 99. 99
  100. 100. 12. Synthetic Biology 100
  101. 101. 101
  102. 102. 102
  103. 103. For More Information • What is Web 2.0? http://www.oreillynet.com/go/web2 • http://tim.oreilly.com • http://radar.oreilly.com • http://www.makezine.com 103
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