From Web 2.0 to Human 2.0

Web 2.0 might be hot today, by some people are already thinking further to the future. Tech futurist Ray Kurzweil in an article reprinted from the New Scientist in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald fast forwards us to 2040 where he predicts Human 2.0 will emerge.

“we’ll have both the hardware and software to recreate human intelligence by the end of the 2020s. We’ll be able to improve these methods and harness the speed, memory and knowledge-sharing ability of machines… By the mid 2040s, the non-biological portion of our intelligence will be billions of times more capable than the biological portion.”

Even if some of what he says comes true, the next 20-30 years are going to be very interesting…

PS Also check out his new book, Singularity.

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Can you trust Wikipedia?

For those of us that have been hanging around “content management” in one form or another it comes as no surprise that some people, like Nicholas Carr (The law of the wiki and Trouble in Wiki Land) might be questioning the quality of Wikipedia content. Afterall, producing quality content needs time and resources regardless of the technology used to produce and publish it.

The UK’s Guardian newspaper even goes as far as getting some experts to review a few Wikipedia entries. Still, this misses the point a little – if these “experts” have found something wrong, the idea is that they should change it…

This may of course be where social software of the Wikipedia type falls down since it depends on participation, including the provision of time and resources. What do you think?

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OpenOffice 2.0 launched (or so I’m told…)

I’ve been an OpenOffice user for at least 18 months, but I’m pleased to see that OpenOffice 2.0 has now been released. The beta releases have shown that its something worth waiting for, but if you’re trying to download it right now from the OpenOffice site, you may you may need to wait a bit longer! I think it may be victim of its own success at the moment.

In the meantime you can read about it at various places online. New features includes better interoperability with MS Office, a new database module, advanced XML capabilities and native support for the OpenDocument format.

UPDATE 25 Oct 05: I can get to the site now!

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BlackBuried defined

Linked from Euan Semple’s blog and originally posted here:

BlackBuried : adjective : The act of instantaneously and superficially reading the content of recently arrived email on a BlackBerry or other type of handheld email device while engaged in some other activity, and thereafter neglecting to go back to read the email more fully at a more conventient time, rendering the email thread otherwise lost.

ex “Yeah, I think I remember seeing that email, mate, but I think I may have I BlackBuried it, sorry!”

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New tag cloud on the ChiefTech Blog

Inspired by Jack Vinson‘s efforts, I’ve added my own Tag Cloud to the blog using www.tagcloud.com. To view it you’ll need to scroll down the left hand side of the page. If it works well I’ll probably move it a little higher up the page but at the time of posting I’m still waiting for the tag cloud to start generating!

UPDATE 19 Oct 05: I’ve removed the Tag Cloud at the moment because its not working… stay tuned.

ANOTHER UPDATE 25 Oct 05: OK, as if by magic my Tag Cloud has started working. Scroll down to see it on the right hand side. Remember it will only show recent posts.

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Web 2.0 – from commerce to people

I’ve been meaning to post something on Web 2.0 during the last week, but to be honest the topic is getting plenty of coverage out in the blogosphere and other media. Wired has a good summary of the recent Web 2.0 Conference in the US to get you started.

One thing that has been causing quite a bit of conversation is Tim O’Reilly‘s “Web2MemeMap” and online article, What Is Web 2.0.

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Slides from knowledge sharing technologies – pitfalls and risks at UTS

Last night I tag teamed with Cris Townley to present a guest lecture to a UTS MBA class on managing knowledge. My presentation covered the pitfalls and risks associated with knowledge sharing technologies – the slides are available to download (PDF, 241KB).

BTW Because I try to avoid Death by PowerPoint don’t expect to find everything I said and what the class discussed in these slides – I suggest you check out these case studies on Ernst & Young to supplement the slides. We also made good use of some cartoons to point out both the challenges and hype associated with KM technologies. I also highlighted how the typical data -> information -> knowledge paradigm is a flawed concept that can result in knowledge sharing technology failure.

Any questions? Add a comment!

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