eTech05: Military E-Tech

JC Herz gave an eTech presentation on the current status of adoption of emerging hi-tech by the military. After a brief description of the needs of the military she presented a short video of an image analysis project that they hope will yield some useful technologies to be used for future defense systems. Next, another … Read more

eTech05: Lessig on Remix

Larry Lessig starts the day at eTech by relating the H.G. Wells story, “The Country of the Blind”. The cure: remove the eyes … A comment on current affairs? He says: Stop! With the obsessions about how new and wonderful everything is that we do; in many ways, we are doing what we’ve always done, … Read more

eTech05: RDF in the Wild

I was going to attend Zawodny’s Yahoo talk, but as it’s mainly an API overview I figured I’d get more out of this etech session. The Creative Commons license is a fairly new license that many web sites (including this one) use to indicate acceptable re-use of their content. The CC license contains a good … Read more

eTech05: Ontology is Overrated

Continuing a theme, Clay Shirky’s eTech presentation focused on categorization, tagging and labeling. Deep or wide or ? I know I face these issues in dealing with my image and music library. We start by looking at the meaning of ontology: (Depends on what meaning of “Is” Is.) * Entities and their relations. Clay plans … Read more

eTech05: Folksonomy

An interesting eTech session was a panel discussion on the topic of user defined categorization, known as folksonomy. Contrary to common wisdom, which indicates that only “trained professionals” can correctly choose keywords, folksonomies are user driven, have no real rules, and, to the point, appear to work in practice! Visit, Flickr, and Wikipedia to … Read more

eTech05: WikiPedia

Jimmy Wales, founder of wikipedia, gave an interesting talk at eTech this morning. Freely licensed encyclopedia, created and managed by thousands of volunteers. It was created in 2001. There are close to 500,000 articles in english, and over 1.5 million articles spanning dozens of languages. Wikipedia has 350,000+ categories, based on a hierarchical tree structure. … Read more

eTech05: the Swarming Web

Justin F. Chapweske, CEO of Onion Networks gave a presentation at eTech to motivate the need for a better way to transfer very large files across the internet. More than bittorrent or other P2P applications, his proposed swarmstreaming technology promises to greatly reduce the costs and increase the throughput when transferring large amounts of data … Read more

eTech05: Complex Systems/Parasites

Spam sucks. Of course, we know this. The point is that spam could be stopped, but the result would no longer be email as we know it today. Corey Doctorow gave a brief presentation at eTech on the topic of complex systems and parasites; some brief notes follow: Complex ecosystems are influenced, not controlled. Continuation … Read more

eTech05: Bits and Atoms

Neil Gershenfeld, from The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, opened today’s eTech session. His wide-ranging talk mainly focused on “making things” and the challenges and rewards that come from actually building real objects in the physical world. His group has created a traveling fabrication facility and have taken it around the world, to … Read more

eTech05: “Just” Use HTTP

Sam Ruby talks about why we can’t “just use http”. Ouch. My head hurts. This is important stuff, and I do mostly understand it, but I’m not gonna do it justice by trying to blog about it in real-time. I’ll just listen and you can … View the slides for yourself. Summary: Comparing characters and … Read more