Web 1.0 and 2.0 this week

So I have been off and about the world for a few weeks. I am finally back in the bay area and trying to recover from the nasty cold that I caught while at Accelerating Change. I had a great week at Web of Change except I was fighting the cold. I had more great meetings about the forthcoming global launch of i-names services this week in Palo Alto.

Next week will be a big week. I am going to be at Web 2.0 and just found out about the ‘alternative summit’ Web 1.0 happening simultaneously.

On Wednesday at the House of Shields and sponsored by 43 Folders and the year 1998, with generous contributions from Adaptive Path, Mule Design, WordPress, Blogger, and Flickr.

We will meet to discuss line breaks, spacer gifs, and the ability to launch links in a new browser window.

There will be beer.

Let’s make this summit more successful than the last one, please.

This is an interesting trend the creation of grass roots summits occurring as a counter point (FOO and BAR Camp) and open source alternative to giant corporate walled gardens talking about the future.

HIghlights from Accelerating Change:7 (Gamers will Save the Planet)

This was a great talk by Cory from Second Life.

Games will Save the Planet!!! How? Playing games improves the capacity to critically filter the increasing volumes of information we are exposed to. Games give you a place to practice performance before competence. As you learn new skills you can also maintain an appropriate level of challenge. Games are full of disinformation and information asymmetry and coping with these challenges is a skill that they develop. Laziness is not tolerated in game play because they are hard. Games get harder and harder.

Education researchers are studying how game players are organizing and educating themselves in MMOG (massive multi online games) guilds. They are hoping that this research can be applied to traditional education. Games develop critical thinking goal oriented thinking. Those researching this include – Anne Gever, Joshua Fouts and Douglas Thomas. and UW – Madison Paul Gee, Kurt Squire.

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Highlights from Accelerating Change:6 (Brains, Spirit, Sex, Knowledge)

From Dr. Amen: Brain protection is essential. The Brain is very soft like tofu and the skull is really hard. Brain injuries matter and we need to take care of young brains (like not let kids play football).

The conference took a spiritual theme at the end with the presentation by the chair of the leading private university in Taiwan with a major focus on Future Studies. Their conference coming up is Global Soul, Global Mind, Global Action.

Spiritual Technology is essential to support us slowing down enough to absorb and process the accelerating change of technical technology. Janardhan Chodagam presented about the Brahmin Kumari World Spiritual Organization and highlighted how meditation can transform deep rooted personality we don’t like.

Ray thinks we are going to have sex in new ways with nanotechnology and sensations evoked with direct nerve inputs over riding our regular sensory inputs. I really can’t imagine real sexual activity between real people being replaced by nanobots.

Ray highlighted some key elements of what makes human is how knowledge it transfered from generation to generation. It is this transfer of knowledge that is expanding exponentially and why computers and other tools are needed to cope.

HIghlights from Accelerating Change:5 (Joi Ito)

Highlights from Joi Ito at Accelerating Change:

The open Network means that bottom up and edge stuff can happen. He is on the board of ICANN – ‘it is broken system but fixable’ you can go there and participate (I plan to do just that this year in December in Vancouver). He asserted that “if we suck at what we do the internet will die” because it will become a cross between the cable company and the phone company.

Connecting the Culture – Creative Commons
Connecting the Content – HTML
Connecting the Network – TCP/IP
Connecting Computers – Ethernet

The killer app is people – and communication between them.

Creative Class has more similarities between itself around the world. The class differences within countries are more extreme.

Looking at file sharing as a new behavior. Instead of trying to kill it they should try to innovate new business. You don’t try to force behavior change – you create new businesses after behavior change.