IT Conversations News: November 7, 2005

(Hear the MP3 version with additional commentary in beautiful monophonic audio.)

New Programs Last Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating.

  • Trent Henry – Enterprise Security Architecture (rated 2.5 by listeners) Trent proposes crafting and implementing an enterprise security architecture over a two- to three-year period. But he points out that an architecture is a living thing that must adapt, for example, to a merger with another organization with different principles or to a change in the regulatory environment.
  • Rick Rashid – From the Labs at Microsoft Research (3.0) From capturing everything that you experience to digitizing any physical item, Microsoft Research Labs covers a lot of ground in many areas beyond computer science and software. Microsoft Research Senior VP Rick Rashid discusses some of the more off-the-beaten path technologies Microsoft is exploring.
  • Patrick Grady – Global eCommerce (3.0) For the last 15 years, the corporate workforce has become increasingly mobile and distributed. This has led to the phasing out of traditional administration support for large numbers of workers. However, as knowledge workers assume the burden of administration and attempt to leverage improvements in technology, they have reached the point of diminishing returns. Patrick Grady sees the creation of a "services-on-demand" grid as the only viable solution for this information overload.
  • Gerd Leonhard (3.1) Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Gerd Leonhard, music industry strategist, professional musician, and author of "The Future of Music…Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution." As a music-industry entrepreneur, he tells us it’s been a great ride, but the hugely profitable economics of the music industry — as we know it — are over.
  • Jason Pontin (3.2) Moira also interviews Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Technology Review, the tech magazine that comes to us from MIT.
  • Todd Young – TV: Location Without GPS (3.2) Our society is becoming increasingly reliant on GPS signals for outdoor location positioning and tracking, but these signals don’t reach indoors or into urban canyons. To resolve this problem, a new location technology using commercial broadcast television signals provides reliable location information to augment or replace GPS.
  • Sergey Brin – with John Battelle (3.6) Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. With this in mind, the company recently launched video search to make visual content such as TV shows and online videos more easily accessible. In an unscheduled and wide ranging interview with John Battelle at Web 2.0, Google co-founder Sergey Brin describes his belief that the company is a technology leader rather than a content-rich portal like some of its competitors.
  • Paul Hallenbeck (3.8) On BioTech Nation, Moira interviews Dr. Paul Hallenbeck, founder, president and CEO of NeoTropix, who tells us about his work uncovering the mystery between viruses and cancer.
  • Ray Kurzweil – When Humans Transcend Biology (4.1) Most watchers agree that the complexity of hardware is increasing at an exponential rate and that this has significant implications for the future of humanity. But what about the software that will guide the systems, and how do we prepare for a future that includes nanobots, engineered biology and artificial intelligence. Ray Kurzweil offers his vision for such a future, showing how much of it is happening now and how we can all benefit.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is a program from earlier this year:

  • Google’s AutoLink Feature – Sound Policy (3.0) Denise Howell hosted a spirited debate about Google’s controversial AutoLink feature. Her guests were Cory Doctorow, Robert Scoble and Martin Schwimmer. Google is no stranger to providing invaluable services to users of the Web, and the Google Toolbar has been no exception. However, the beta release of the Google Toolbar 3, with its link-adding AutoLink feature, has many wondering if Google has forgotten its "don’t be evil" credo. What might AutoLink mean for Web publishers and users, and how it might be impacted by intellectual property law?

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