Month: August 2009

The Audioverse In Your Pocket – Applying technology strategy to public radio

Public radio, and radio in general, is at risk of disruption by new audio technologies (podcasts, etc). However there are interesting opportunities when a longer-term technology-strategy view is brought to bear.

This presentation is from an invited talk at the Australian ABC Radio National ( August 2009) as part of their strategic process.

Here’s how they describe themselves: “With over 60 distinct programs each week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National is different from any other radio station in Australia. Where else could you hear, for example, an exploration of ideas in science, followed by the latest in books from around the world, then a program about the mind and human behaviour?”
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/

What do you think? What else do you see in the future of radio?

Head in Clouds – Feet on Ground

 

 

Some of the good press coverage from Michael’s recent Malaysia trip! I love the pic so I’m going to post it, even though I know that right now we’re focussing on a very different talk – ABC Radio National and ‘The Audioverse in your Pocket’! 

On top of that and the kid’s robotics competitions, technoist is working on a non-profit/third sector web strategy talk.

This article came out in the weekly section called Star-In.Tech (frequency: every Tuesday and Thursday) which focuses on computers and information technology. It is also featured in their online portal http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2009/8/7/corpit/20090807103251&sec=corpit.

A step toward the future of radio – Google Labs Launches Listen Podcast App (via @rww) [and a teaser for radio futures talk]

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Great intro to Google Podcast App at http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_labs_launches_listen_podcast_app.php

This is just another example of the new flush of innovation around audio content. On this topic, last month I gave a talk at ABC Radio National (excellent Australian public broadcaster) on disruption and the future of radio. Radio networks like RN have an appealing opportunity to bring more web 2.0 into the audio only experience so as to retain their audience in the face of ongoing disruption. (Avoiding ‘red ocean’ competition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ocean_Strategy.)

Key ideas:

  • audio only for much of the audience
  • twitter/web = radio/library
  • ‘age of mobile internet’
  • simplicity is key for mass adoption (and the podcast ain’t there yet)
  • crowd sourced ‘likes’ can automate/curate audio-only personalized programs

Stay tuned for a slideshare …

Augmented reality browser – Shades of Gibson’s Spook Country

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Augmented reality is charging up the Gartner hype cycle on the way to the ‘peak of inflated expectations’. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle].

Today’s example is the new Android browser at http://layar.com – right now I have to assume it’s largely hype, but hopefully we’ll end up with an augmented reality analogy for html before too long. This would allow for an augmented reality commons [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_commons] and will be a critical step if we’re to see the potential for this technology met.

For a fictional treatment that’s only inches of time away, I enjoyed William Gibson’s Spook Country [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spook_Country].

Great Slate article exploring how the web is a risky satisfier of the seeking behavior

If humans are seeking machines, we’ve now created the perfect machines to allow us to seek endlessly. This perhaps should make us cautious. In Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin writes of driving two indoor cats crazy by flicking a laser pointer around the room. They wouldn’t stop stalking and pouncing on this ungraspable dot of light???their dopamine system pumping. She writes that no wild cat would indulge in such useless behavior: “A cat wants to catch the mouse, not chase it in circles forever.” She says “mindless chasing” makes an animal less likely to meet its real needs “because it short-circuits intelligent stalking behavior.” As we chase after flickering bits of information, it’s a salutary warning.

How we’ve built a global information system that triggers mammalian seeking behavior: http://www.slate.com/id/2224932/

Mind you, the same could be said of computer games, TV, or any of the many technological artifacts we create to divert, amuse, and occasionally illuminate. This type of circularity, this seeking of satisfaction, I would argue, is the source of much of the drive of the human race in general. It’s the accident, the secret, of our success.

Is there – pandering temporarily to the technologically naysayers – a danger of ultimately reaching the level of absolute satisfaction, of subverting our basic drives so successfully into a collective whirlpool of frantic, useless, twitch-like activity. If so, this would be a completely different type of singularity, perhaps the inverse of that proposed by Kurzweil (<a href="http://singularity.com/).

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Congratulations OK Labs and NICTA! Open Kernel Labs deliver verified microkernel – a great Aussie tech win.

Provably correct code and methodology offer mobile OEMs and ecosystem partners security and reliability in critical applications

Chicago – August 13, 2009 – Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), the leading global provider of embedded virtualization software for mobile phones and broadband Internet devices, today announced completion of long-term research and development to provide formal mathematical proof of the correctness of the microkernel technology underlying OKL4, the company’s mobile virtualization platform. This groundbreaking project involved NICTA, the company’s incubator and investor, OK Labs staff, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and other prestigious institutions. Moreover, as commercialization partner for NICTA, OK Labs will bring the results of the project to market in future generations of mobile virtualization products.

The project centered on the need to assure extremely high levels of reliability and security in mission-critical domains that include aerospace and transportation. By mathematically proving the correctness of underlying kernel functioning, NICTA and OK Labs pave the way for validating and deploying mobile virtualization under certification and security regimes like Common Criteria for business-critical applications in mobile telephony, business intelligence, and mobile financial transactions.

This is an important result for trusted computing both in the mobile space and elsewhere. I caught up with Prof Gernot Heiser yesterday at the NICTA (http://nicta.com.au) Techfest (http://nicta.com.au/nicta_events/techfest2009) and he and the rest of the team were very excited. With the combination of OK Labs (http://www.ok-labs.com/) existing work in building the OKL4 kernel into mobile phones world wide, the interest from the security conscious space, and some other work shown on automated generation of device drivers from driver and OS specifications, OK Labs faces a very bright future. (NICTA press release: http://nicta.com.au/news/home_page_content_listing/world-first_research_break…

Citrix Labs is working with OK Labs on bringing XenClient-like (http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=1685500) functionality to the mobile phone. That is, the combination of the Citrix Receiver, with completely separate Android images for work and home on a single device. (OK Labs relationship: http://community.citrix.com/blogs/citrite/michaelha/2009/07/28/Citrix+Receive… http://www.citrix.com/English/ne/news/news_print_p.asp?newsID=1690174)

I’ve known Gernot since my time as student/researcher/lecturer at the University of NSW (http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au).