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Tim O'Reilly
"I think you misconstrued my post. I wasn't arguing that technology kills jobs (although I do think that it kills some jobs, at the same time as it creates others), but that the relentless drive to squeeze labor costs out of business misses a major point: that those same businesses depend on consumers having the income to purchase their products. There's a kind of long-term madness in the pursuit of short-term advantage that is starting to bite Western economies in a big way. And much as I admire and support the craftsman, the entrepreneur, and the move up the skills ladder, I think you have to recognize that we are moving away from a culture where there were lots of well-paying jobs that were essentially repetitive (and hence easily automatable), and that to replace those jobs with something more creative will require a major retooling of the economy." - Tim O'Reilly
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Tim O'Reilly
Re: Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake - http://andrewmcafee.org/2012...
"I love the notion of portable internet-connected devices being used to add skill to currently low-skill jobs. I first noticed this in thinking about the way that the Apple Store swarms with clerks helping customers - and each of them is turbocharged with the phone as a cash register. Todd Park (now US CTO) clicked when I told him this and noted that Walgreens is exploring adding the equivalent of a genius bar for prescriptions and medications, and that he could imagine the Apple Store model being used to empower home health care aides to help manage outcomes (e.g. reminding elderly patients to take their meds.) I think there's a lot here. Another really interesting trend is our trend to user-generated entertainment, and bit by bit, new ways to monetize that. Etsy is invigorating a craft economy, YouTube, Kickstarter, and Amazon Kindle are enabling new kinds of self-financing of creative work. It's small stuff yet, but getting more interesting. And of course there's the maker movement,..." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: NYT Features Chicago’s “Adopt-a-Sidewalk” - http://codeforamerica.org/2012...
"This is another fabulous demonstration of our unconventional adoption strategy for the apps we produce.  It's of course unconventional only for cities, since it's how open source projects have always been adopted, by pull rather than push.  And like traditional open source projects, it's often unpredictable which ones will be adopted, and where.  But it's clear that Adopt-a-Hydrant has legs.  Of course, now the challenge is seeing how it gets used by citizens.  But this is a great start.  I love the way CfA apps are bringing open source to cities.  Right now, we're doing it with little apps, but eventually, these things will add up to something bigger.  It's just the way the various Unix/Linux and Internet utilities eventually coalesced into something much larger and more impactful.Nice work, nice recognition!" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: Be Good (Not Less Bad) - http://continuations.com/post...
"So interesting.  I did a version of my "Towards a Global Brain" last night, which ends with the slide "We've got one world. We've got to get it right."  In the Q&A, one of the questions brought back to mind Jay Winik's book, The Great Upheaval, which is a tale of three revolutions: The American, the French, and one at about the same time in Russia, which was brutally put down by Catherine the Great. They represent a nice spread on the possibilities.  If we truly make it new, as the American Revolution did, we have a bright future.  If we let the Revolution devolve into rivalries that grow ever more acrimonious, we get the French. And then there's always the possibility of the Old Guard intervening forcefully to keep the new from happening." - Tim O'Reilly
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Re: Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Marshall - Sorry to appear to have confirmed your story. A while back, I saw some of the same research you refer to here, and when I saw Steve Case's tweet about a product being announced at SXSW, I thought "cool, they made it into a product." I hadn't clicked through to your story, and didn't realize it was just speculation." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today (Updated) - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
"Marshall - Sorry to appear to have confirmed your story. A while back, I saw some of the same research you refer to here, and when I saw Steve Case's tweet about a product being announced at SXSW, I thought "cool, they made it into a product." I hadn't clicked through to your story, and didn't realize it was just speculation." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
"One-click is one of Amazon's biggest advantages, since once you have an account there, it reduces shopping friction. The biggest opportunity for products like Paypal and Google Checkout is to recreate that frictionless experience across any retailer who doesn't have the breadth of Amazon. Major merchants fighting Amazon shouldn't be requiring customers to create accounts; they should piggyback on existing payment players with network effects. Osama Bedier, who was the CTO at Paypal, and is now running payment technology for Google, remarked to me the other day that the only reason for taking a payment mechanism (from cash to credit cards) is because it increases sales. Once you realize that, you understand that using new payment mechanisms to reduce the friction of buying, and to increase the ease by which people can buy without registering (again), is absolutely critical." - Tim O'Reilly
EXACTLY! That is what I have been trying to tell all those GBF's who think that Amazon is going to pick up Google Check out. Will they? I'm not 'in the know' so only my future will tell. My thoughts? WHY WOULD THEY? - Heidi Jacobson
Tim O'Reilly
"Can reports be interfaces? Sure, but are they? Consider as a thought experiment the difference between a paper map, or even first generation online maps, and what you experience now with mapping on your phone. The map is now an interface to data and services - what's nearby, how to get from one place to another, how long it will take by car, by public transit, by bicycle, or on foot, which of your friends are in the neighborhood, and much more. That's a data visualization as an interface. Statistical visualizations can also be interfaces. Check out the cool demo of Microsoft's Pivot interface. http://www.microsoft.com/press... This is the same kind of approach that Bloom is taking to visualization as interface. But stick with the map example, and think on how a shift of framing can help you turn an output-only visualization into a set of new affordances." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: Bye Bye, Long Tail - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
"One-click is one of Amazon's biggest advantages, since once you have an account there, it reduces shopping friction. The biggest opportunity for products like Paypal and Google Checkout is to recreate that frictionless experience across any retailer who doesn't have the breadth of Amazon. Major merchants fighting Amazon shouldn't be requiring customers to create accounts; they should piggyback on existing payment players with network effects. Osama Bedier, who was the CTO at Paypal, and is now running payment technology for Google, remarked to me the other day that the only reason for taking a payment mechanism (from cash to credit cards) is because it increases sales. Once you realize that, you understand that using new payment mechanisms to reduce the friction of buying, and to increase the ease by which people can buy without registering (again), is absolutely critical." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
"Can reports be interfaces? Sure, but are they? Consider as a thought experiment the difference between a paper map, or even first generation online maps, and what you experience now with mapping on your phone. The map is now an interface to data and services - what's nearby, how to get from one place to another, how long it will take by car, by public transit, by bicycle, or on foot, which of your friends are in the neighborhood, and much more. That's a data visualization as an interface. Statistical visualizations can also be interfaces. Check out the cool demo of Microsoft's Pivot interface. http://www.microsoft.com/press... This is the same kind of approach that Bloom is taking to visualization as interface. But stick with the map example, and think on how a shift of framing can help you turn an output-only visualization into a set of new affordances." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty - Magazine - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/preview...
"I love the fresh thinking Romer displays. It is so easy to go down the same rutted roads to the same bleak destinations. It's great when someone comes up with a new idea. I hope someone has the guts to try this. Or try it again, since the historical precedents are compelling." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty - Magazine - The Atlantic - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I love the fresh thinking Romer displays. It is so easy to go down the same rutted roads to the same bleak destinations. It's great when someone comes up with a new idea. I hope someone has the guts to try this. Or try it again, since the historical precedents are compelling." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty - Magazine - The Atlantic - http://theatlantic.disqus.com/the_pol...
"I love the fresh thinking Romer displays. It is so easy to go down the same rutted roads to the same bleak destinations. It's great when someone comes up with a new idea. I hope someone has the guts to try this. Or try it again, since the historical precedents are compelling." - Tim O'Reilly
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Tim O'Reilly
"See my comment here, riffing off Katrin Eismann's question about this: http://www.facebook.com/profil..." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
"See my comment here, riffing off Katrin Eismann's question about this: http://www.facebook.com/profile......" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: My iPad? A Great Bundle of Sticks - http://andrewmcafee.org/2010...
"I agree with you, Andrew. I've always disliked the moralistic approach to copyright. I dislike the direction of our copyright laws, which give near-perpetual protection even to works that are abandoned by their owners, and that's a real problem. And our patent system is worse, granting rights for "inventions" that are obvious, or have never even actually been made. But in general, I prefer arguments that make the practical case for sharing rather than some kind of moral case. That's what I wrote about in my essay Piracy is Progressive Taxation http://openp2p.com/pub....... and in the piece about free software that I wrote for Nature entitled Information Wants to Be Valuable http://www.nature.com/nature......" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim, both links in your comment are dead. - earlyadopter
Tim O'Reilly
Re: My iPad? A Great Bundle of Sticks - http://andrewmcafee.disqus.com/my_ipad...
"I agree with you, Andrew. I've always disliked the moralistic approach to copyright. I dislike the direction of our copyright laws, which give near-perpetual protection even to works that are abandoned by their owners, and that's a real problem. And our patent system is worse, granting rights for "inventions" that are obvious, or have never even actually been made. But in general, I prefer arguments that make the practical case for sharing rather than some kind of moral case. That's what I wrote about in my essay Piracy is Progressive Taxation http://openp2p.com/pub....... and in the piece about free software that I wrote for Nature entitled Information Wants to Be Valuable http://www.nature.com/nature......" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: My iPad? A Great Bundle of Sticks - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I agree with you, Andrew. I've always disliked the moralistic approach to copyright. I dislike the direction of our copyright laws, which give near-perpetual protection even to works that are abandoned by their owners, and that's a real problem. And our patent system is worse, granting rights for "inventions" that are obvious, or have never even actually been made. But in general, I prefer arguments that make the practical case for sharing rather than some kind of moral case. That's what I wrote about in my essay Piracy is Progressive Taxation http://openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2... and in the piece about free software that I wrote for Nature entitled Information Wants to Be Valuable http://www.nature.com/nature/d..." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://www.chaim.com/blog...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://chaim.com/blog...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://chaim.com/blog...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When 40%-Off Your Total Purchase Becomes 0.3%-Off - http://akagra.disqus.com/when_40...
"Chaim, Allen - I'm sure that we can arrange an "out of shopping cart" sale - just send an email to tim at oreilly and we'll find a way to make it happen for you." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When Real Time Is Not Fast Enough: The Intent Based Web - http://www.web-strategist.com/blog...
"Peter, this may be a bit premature, but it isn't silly. For example, in many ways, NextJump is an intention web ecommerce site. People register their preferences - stuff they are looking for - and merchants bid to provide it. They have gotten sufficiently good at fine-tuning preferences that one in eleven offers are accepted. Pretty amazing. There's going to be a writeup on the company in the NYT on Sunday, I believe. (I was interviewed for the story. I don't have any connection to the company, but have met with them a couple of times.)" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When Real Time Is Not Fast Enough: The Intent Based Web - http://webstrategy.disqus.com/when_re...
"Peter, this may be a bit premature, but it isn't silly. For example, in many ways, NextJump is an intention web ecommerce site. People register their preferences - stuff they are looking for - and merchants bid to provide it. They have gotten sufficiently good at fine-tuning preferences that one in eleven offers are accepted. Pretty amazing. There's going to be a writeup on the company in the NYT on Sunday, I believe. (I was interviewed for the story. I don't have any connection to the company, but have met with them a couple of times.)" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: When Real Time Is *Not* Fast Enough: The Intention Web - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Peter, this may be a bit premature, but it isn't silly. For example, in many ways, NextJump is an intention web ecommerce site. People register their preferences - stuff they are looking for - and merchants bid to provide it. They have gotten sufficiently good at fine-tuning preferences that one in eleven offers are accepted. Pretty amazing. There's going to be a writeup on the company in the NYT on Sunday, I believe. (I was interviewed for the story. I don't have any connection to the company, but have met with them a couple of times.)" - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: Facebook Unlinks Your Twitter Links - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"It's not just links imported from twitter. It's any link you put into your status feed as a naked URL, without going through their special "import" dialogue. I'm thinking that this is part of a wider "war on the web" being waged not only by Facebook but by others, including Apple and Google. I'm making this the central tenet of my keynote at Web 2.0 Expo in New York on Tuesday." - Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly
Re: Facebook Unlinks Your Twitter Links - http://mashable.com/2009...
"It's not just links imported from twitter. It's any link you put into your status feed as a naked URL, without going through their special "import" dialogue. I'm thinking that this is part of a wider "war on the web" being waged not only by Facebook but by others, including Apple and Google. I'm making this the central tenet of my keynote at Web 2.0 Expo in New York on Tuesday." - Tim O'Reilly
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