Tim O’Reilly on Killer Apps

ExtremeTech writes that according to Tim O’Reilly, the future killer apps share a common thread: hacker geeks. Four trends that he recommends watching: Amazon.com Web Services; BARWN, or the Bay Area Research Wireless Network; hardware hacking; and multi-player gaming.

“There’s a common thread a hacker culture that ties together all of these four activities on the O’Reilly radar today,” said O’Reilly said. “Essentially it is being able to recognize the alpha geeks in society and leveraging their enterprise.”

“An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started,” O’Reilly said. “We are beginning to see the rise of interconnected networks, the technology uptake is accelerating, there are people with passion like the hacker guys and people with professional experience like professional programmers, so it’s not in the danger of being one really cool party. The most important thing is that this is bottom up it has grassroots support,” he said.

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