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Friday, May 23, 2008

Recap of Vinton Cerf's presentation at Suntec City

Vinton Cerf
I went to the presentation by Vinton Cerf today. It was quite a geeky moment to hear from such an influential person. It wasn't at the same scale as when I heard Bill Gates nearly 10 years ago, due to the size of the crowd (big auditorium then vs. small room now). But then, the small size made for a more intimate presentation. And Mr Cerf can be amusing too.

Since I'd done a "live tweeting" during his presentation, I'll just copy my tweets here, instead of rewriting the entry from scratch.

BTW my first tweet, which says "about 5 hours ago", was sent at around 7pm.
  • Waiting for the Vinton Cerf talk. He's apparently stuck in traffic. about 5 hours ago
  • Mr Cerf is here. The programme begins. about 4 hours ago
  • Intros by The Digital Movement and Google. about 4 hours ago
  • James Seng is introducing Vinton Cerf now. about 4 hours ago
  • "Internet in 2035". But he admits he's no prophet. about 4 hours ago
  • About 10 devices per person by 2035. It's already 3-4 now. about 4 hours ago
  • 10 billion hosts! I can't even imagine 10 million. about 4 hours ago
  • Pervasive, dynamically configuring wireless infrastructure. about 4 hours ago
  • Need for standardisation of applications, services, protocols... about 4 hours ago
  • He's extolling the virtues of cloud computing and virtual environments interacting with real devices. about 4 hours ago
  • No more URLs. Permanent names will be used to identify processes and services that run for years. about 4 hours ago
  • Predict trends based on historical Google searches. Example: knowing when an epidemic starts. about 4 hours ago
  • Internet = mass media + social groupings + barrier removal for information sharing about 4 hours ago
  • Internet += avatar interacting in the real world + tremendously reduced costs about 4 hours ago
  • Bandwidth will continue to increase. File transfers will be the norm, not streaming, and at high speeds. about 4 hours ago
  • An advertisement is a thing that interrupts our enjoyment of media. Information is its opposite. about 4 hours ago
  • 10 billion mobile devices by 2035, working as remote control and information delivery. about 4 hours ago
  • Multi-touch and gestures, and haptics to replace typing and mousing. about 4 hours ago
  • Information will be real-time, geographically indexed, and always available. about 3 hours ago
  • Internet devices of 2035 will include clothes, wine corks... and they're all programmable with standard languages. about 3 hours ago
  • Q&A session now. about 3 hours ago
  • Mergers aren't a problem. Inhibition of creativity and access are the bigger headaches. about 3 hours ago
  • Vinton would want to expand TCP/IP from 32 bits and strengthen authentication / trust. about 3 hours ago
  • We need protocols for broadcast interaction, not point-to-point. about 3 hours ago
  • Large quantities of computing power may not result in intelligence. Eg. Helen Keller understood language through experience. about 3 hours ago
  • Interaction with human sensory systems are already a reality today. Future devices could enhance the human body dramatically. about 3 hours ago
  • And it's over. Applause. about 3 hours ago
  • Vinton Cerf's talk: thought-provoking and entertaining, but cautious, not as visionary as expected. about 2 hours ago


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