Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Watching the Alpha Geeks
What Hackers and Enthusiasts Tell Us About the Shape of the Future

Tim O'Reilly
O'Reilly Media
About the talk:

Time after time, new industries are born through the activities of people having fun. The personal computer and the world wide web as well as sports like snowboarding and kitesurfing were pioneered not by entrepreneurs - they came later - but by hackers, enthusiasts, and other amateurs playing with technology in their spare time. In this talk, Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, will look at what the hackers are telling us now, in areas including Web 2.0, collective intelligence and the future of the internet, mobile computing, sensors, synthetic biology, personal genomics, and the future of manufacturing.


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About the speaker:

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of Os'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. for more information. .

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