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Coders Of The Future Will Not Be Engineers

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

When most people who read my blog see the word engineer they immediately think of those who write code for a living. In other words, computer programmers who may or may not have actual degrees in computer engineering. This is the definition of engineer that you should be thinking of in the title to this post.

Two-years ago this Saturday, Peter Thiel made a still-controversial announcement that kids are better off dropping out of college — or not going in the first place — and instead starting a company. To help motivate his quarry, and entice (grab) young talent twenty-years old and younger, Thiel offers a two-year mentorship and $100k. However, the thumbing of a college education may be a short-lived trend. Why? Because the next version of hacker will not be the computer whiz kid who is touted as the up and coming coding guru.* The next celebrated hackers will not be able to safely learn how to cut complex code in their bedroom. Read more »

Cybernetics, the Social Web, and the (Coming?) Singularity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Image Credit: Sekko Da Vinci (see link below)

Over the past year or so, I have been doing a lot of thinking, reading, and ruminating about several topics: the outdated thinking of Web-2.0 startups, the need for a revolution in the microblogging space , what identity in the Social Web is really all about, and the meaning of a truly user-centric Social Web. As I’ve been furiously writing about these topics, in the back of my mind, I’ve been wondering where all of these advancements may eventually lead.

Whereas you will find my insights and thoughts about the Social Semantic Web strewn throughout my website, this article is an attempt to extrapolate a few of those ideas in a more provocative and profound–if not frightening–way. So, you have be forewarned. Any resemblance to reality may be greatly over exaggerated!

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The HyperWeb: it’s All About Connections

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I recently came across this interesting graphic entitled Hierarchy of Visual Information. The author clearly states that it is a work in progress, just the genesis of an idea, a not-fully-formed thought. In fact, he rightly points out that this–in general–is not a new concept at all and provides a link to a Google image search result showing many incarnations of the data-information-knowledge-wisdom concept.

As I looked at his graphic, a different idea came to mind, a different interpretation of the concept in the context of the Web’s evolution. The hierarchical nature of the illustration made me think of the increasing complexity that comes with increasing connectivity. Read more »

The Web is Not (yet) Social

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

There is a common misunderstanding about the meaning of the phrase Social Web. I believe that most of the Web’s netizens think that the Web is social. But in fact the Web is not currently social.

Whereas Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and other ventures are social platforms, they are not the Web. These entities are only part of the Web—although it’s looking more and more “like” Facebook wants you to think that the Web equals Facebook. Read more »

Web 3.0 Smartups: Moving Beyond the Relational Database

Friday, September 17th, 2010

<Smartups Series Part 3 of 5>

Today’s Web-based services are dealing with substantially higher volumes of data. But the challenges of data storage and management in the Social Web go beyond the issue of increasing data volume. In Web 3.0, data are significantly more complex and difficult to define ahead of time.

Unfortunately, many existing Web-2.0 startups continue to use only a RDBMS (relational database management system) model for meeting all their data storage and management needs—and some of these startups are starting to see the problems with that decision. Read more »

Web 3.0 Smartups: the Social Web and the Web of Data

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

<Smartups Series Part 2 of 5>

In the first installment of my Web 3.0 series, Powering Startups to Become Smartups, I presented a general overview of the Web’s evolving paradigm. I made the argument that today’s Web-based startups needed to step outside the current Web-2.0 box and think like a Web-3.0 company. By leveraging the power of Web 3.0, a common-place startup could transform itself into a smartup.

In this second installment, I’m going to talk about what most people think of when they hear the term Web 3.0—the Semantic Web or Web of data. In the process, I hope to correct some common misconceptions about what the Semantic Web is and what it is not. Read more »

Web 3.0: Powering Startups to Become Smartups

Monday, September 13th, 2010

If you are a Web-based technology startup focused on the 2.0 version of the Web (a.k.a. Web 2.0), then you are not thinking outside of the box anymore. The Web is constantly evolving: innovating and implementing new technologies; adapting in a more timely manner to user feedback and needs; redefining the roles of business partners; and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

This is the first article in my four-part series about powering startups to become smartups. You can find the timeline for future installments of my series at the end of this article. Read more »

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