IT Conversations News: April 15, 2005

(Hear the MP3 version in beautiful stereo.)

New Programs This Week

(in increasing order of listener rating)

  • Geoffrey Moore (rated 3.1 by listeners). In this keynote address from the Software 2004 conference, Geoffrey Moore (author of Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado) considers what might happen to the software industry over the next decade. He looks particularly at what the big, established players might or should do, and how that will affect them and the smaller companies as well.
  • Daren Tsui – Mspot (3.1). First there was AM, then FM, satellite radio, streaming on the Internet, podcasting and now Mspot, a small California startup offering audio over cellphone networks. Larry Magid interviews Daren Tsui, the CEO of Mspot, that now offers 13 channels (eight of them for music) of streamed and on-demand audio for mobile phones.
  • Real Money in Virtual Economies (3.2). This debate will clue you in to one of the most interesting developments most of us haven’t yet heard of: virtual property markets and their intellectual property issues. The participants make legal, dollar, behavioral, and design forecasts for the virtual property markets within massively multi-player games, debating the practice from seller and designer viewpoints, and business vs. gaming intentions. From Accelerating Change 2004.
  • James Stewart (3.2). On Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn interviews James Stewart, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of “Den of Thieves.” His latest endeavors have been a look inside the wonderful world of “Corporate Disney.”
  • Rael Dornfest (3.3). Some would argue that the learned professional dominated the 20th century, whereas, in the 21st century it appears that a paradigm shift is poised and ready. In an age where knowledge, information, and global communication are at the fingertips of almost anyone, the amateur enthusiast, the “citizen engineer”, has the ability to make an impact on the economy and society, to remix culture. Rael Dornfest kicks off O’Reilly Media’s Emerging Technology Conference.
  • Neil Gershenfeld – Bits and Atoms (3.6). Imagine a future where personal fabricators allow each of us to make almost anything. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms — yes, there really is such a thing — explains how personal fabricators will revolutionize our world as PCs did a generation ago by enabling us to design and make the tools and products we want in our own homes. A panel of experts then considers the implications of personal fabrication. From ETech 2005.
  • Elizabeth George (3.6). Moira Gunn also speaks with Elizabeth George, the best selling author of over a dozen Inspector Lynley mysteries. You’ve seen them on television on PBS’ Mystery, and you will never guess where she gets her forensic science.
  • Malcolm Gladwell at SXSW (4.0). He’s back! An all-time IT Conversations favorite and author ot The Tipping Point and Blink, Malcolm Gladwell kicks off our coverage of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. In this keynote address, he discusses how we interact with our environment and make instantaneous decisions based on a multitude of information sources, some of which may actually be driving us awry.

Doug’s Favorites from the Archives

  • Clayton Christensen: Capturing the Upside (4.3). The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma says many managers are unable to predict whether an innovation will succeed, so they place multiple bets with the hope that some will be winners. Others try to identify opportunities and develop a rigorous plan to attack those opportunities. But conclusive data is often only available after the game has already been won. Professor Christensen suggests using theory instead. Every action a manager takes, every plan a manager makes is based on some belief of cause and effect.

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