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Watching the Alpha Geeks

                  Tim O’Reilly

 Harvard Club of Silicon Valley
                   May 5, 2010
I’m best known as a computer book publisher
“Martha Stewart
  for Geeks”
Reinventing the Faire
         Low Tech Meets High Tech
“A wondrous thing: the gathering
of folks from all walks of life who
blend science,
technology, craft, and art to make
thi...
What We Really Do At O'Reilly




           Change the world by spreading the
               knowledge of innovators
O’Reilly Radar Methodology
 “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed
  yet.” - William Gibson
 We “watch th...
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Just give the one finger salute and
     keep going! - Col Joe Kittinger




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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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“I’m an inventor.
 I became interested in
 long term trends because
 an invention has to make
 sense in the world in
 whic...
The Internet as Platform
“Ask yourself for a moment, what is the
operating system of a Google or Bing search?
What is the operating system of a mob...
The smart phone plus local search. Today pizza, tomorrow




                             Pazzia, 337 3rd Street
         ...
An application running on a
mobile device whose user
interface is driven by sensors:

- Touch screen
- Motion and proximit...
An application that depends on
cooperating cloud data services:

- Speech recognition
- Search
- Location data
Another application that
depends on cooperating
cloud data services:

- Location
- Search
- Speech recognition
- Live Traf...
The Yelp Monocle
 Find cafes nearby.
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AMEE - the world’s energy meter
We’re moving to a world in which every device
generates useful data, in which every action creates
“information shadows” o...
What’s wrong with Government today
Vending Machine Government




               Vending Machine Gov concept from Donald Kettl:
               The Next Gover...
We Need to Do More Than Shake
the Vending Machine!




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Manufacturing
 Transportation
  Food & Water
Renewable Energy
    Learning

    There’s a lot
we can do ourselves.
A Maker Faire
           For Detroit

Foster the
engagement of
individuals and
communities in
science and
technology
innov...
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