Microsoft Live labs
Live Labs is a partnership between MSR and Windows/Windows Live.
Singularity - introduced by Vernor Vinge in 1993 - the idea that the exponential speed of technological improvements will produce super-human capabilities, making the future completely unknowable.
Is it the end of humanity??
Making a case for the internet singularity
- Greater and greater power in devices
- Lower and lower entry barriers
- office, html
- wikipedia, search
- tags, play lists
- Power law distributions and long tails
- The weight of the tail is greater than the head
- Coined by Chris Anderson an a Wired article
- Consumers start to become producers
- Remixes and mashups
- The small producers may outweigh the large producers
- But is it all worth reading/listening/watching? I'm doubtful...but the important thing is that the good stuff bubbles to the top.
- Internet ecosystems and network effects
- The value of a network increases as a function of the number of participants
- The Innovators Dilemma
- Cray killed by SGI
- SGI killed by Sun
- Sun killed by PC
- PC killed by cellphone?
- The first companies must destroy themselves to survive - innovations come in from the bottom
- Companies often fail to look downward - they only look upward
- Online world causes the innovators dilemma to run much faster - months versus years
The internet as a mirror
- We are putting more and more information on the internet
- The internet becomes more and more a reflection of the physical world
- Because it is on the internet it is accessible
- Analysis occurs across the internet
- For example, data mining of natural language based upon internet hosted information (text)
- For example, genome data
- For example genome research papers on the internet so that data miners could access both the research and the data - programmatic data miners can access both the papers and the data and result in new discoveries.
- This is a circular process
- The body of knowledge increases
- A little under a year old, reports to Ray Ozzie
- A virtual organisation that aspires to hit a suite spot between
- Users and businesses
- Short versus long term
- Problems and solutions
- Science and engineering
- (This sounds dubious to me...)
- Garry then gave a demonstration of Microsoft Live Labs- Photosynth which is worth viewing if you haven't yet tried it.
My thoughts - lots of opportunity if you know how to mine it. Analytical techniques and tools become so important in this.