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May 15, 2006 at 10:39 AM

Shift happens

SAN DIEGO — Some bits of wisdom from Friday Harbor technology commentator Mark Anderson’s Future In Review Conference (FiRe) in San Diego that I’m attending this week:

— “The technology is now there to make distances disappear, to make it seem the world is wormhole connected. How are we going to live and work in that environment?” said San Diego supercomputer researcher Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Smarr predicted genome research will lead to another industrial revolution as entrepreneurs capitalize on the research and experimentation done by nature over the ages and stored in DNA.

Smarr used to think supercomputing was for things like simulating supernovas before “these biologists came along.” “We thought “biology is squishy stuff, why would they want a supercomputer?””

— India’s intellectual property protections have upgraded over the past two years and are now nearly 80 percent to 90 percent as strong as they are in the U.S., according to Wipro Chairman Azim Premji: Now Premji’s nervous about the relative lack of IP protection in China, where Wipro has offices. “When an abuse would take place we are not sure the government would move to our support quickly and the laws of the government would support us,” he said.

— Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo told attendees to be prepared because “shift happens.” His 30-second rule for new technologies: “Can I explain to you how to use it in 30 seconds or less? If not, it’s not going to get funded.”

— Blog pioneer Dave Winer said there would have been “a different outcome” for Dan Rather if he’d had his own blog. Winer said he started blogging because he wanted to spread the word about Macintosh software he was trying to sell and he wasn’t getting any press.

“In this case we routed around the news media and quite effectively, and in the process defined a new medium that will always be routed-aroundable,” Winer said, explaining that if bloggers try to become gatekeepers, other bloggers will find away around those gates.

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