Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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developerWorks blogger and podcast guru Scott Laningham, David Salinas (also of developerWorks), and I regrouped at a favorite downtown Austin pub, B.D. Riley's, for a Turbo Tweetup to decompress and discuss the long second full day of SXSW.
Despite some initial jokes about finding a quiet place to record the recap (the men's room, for example), we quickly got down to business amidst the celebratory Irish din building up to tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day celebration.
You can check out our twenty minute podcast wrap below.
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In 1993, the National Geographic wrote that "All the water that will ever be is, right now."
As part of its Smarter Planet initiative, IBM's Global Innnovation Outlook on Water brought together hundreds of the world's leading water management experts to share knowledge and discuss strategies for improving the efficiency of the world's water systems.
Through those sessions, we learned that society and business face some complex challenges when it comes to better understanding and managing the precious water resources on this planet, and a lack of viable and actionable data was identified as a key inhibitor to effective water management.
Some of the key specific findings of the study:
Technology will play an important role in supplying water to billions of future urban dwellers, and smart infrastructure -- including real-time metering, pipe sensors and automatic repair -- will provide solutions to help address urbanization.
A majority of companies rank water management as a top priority, but lacked the necessary processes and systems for administration and control.
Click here to get access to the GTO Water report, as well as to order free hard copies and watch videos from participants in the study.
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When I showed up Thursday night at the Austin Convention Center to get my badge, I was expecting the Russian bread lines to be nowhere in sight, figuring the downturn had sent the digerati fleeing for the interactive exits.
Fortunately for me and my crowd, I was able to get my badge in record time, but the Russian bread lines formed quickly and organically, and before you know, there was a line snaking around the Austin Convention Center.
Recession? What recession? In the interactive industry? Nonsense.
Of course, the latest Web 2.0 thangs haven't yet hit the lagging indicator of no mo' advertising money, so the worse may be yet to come.
But what's what I love about this industry: It's filled with idealistic optimists, particularly in Austin in March.
Despite the torrential rains that accompanied the kick-off, the sun seems to be breaking through the crowds, if that's any kind of a spiritual barometer.
By the time all my out-of-town friends leave on Tuesday, it may be outright sunny.
In the meantime, here's a few key tidbits I've picked up thus far:
A Turbo and Scott Laningham first full day recap special will be on the podcast waves in an iPod near you soon.
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The Interwebs turned 20 years old today. Specifically, the World Wide Web.
That means it's almost legal and can have a much-deserved Interweb cocktail...although probably all it really wants is a needed vacation.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to Tim Berners-Lee for helping create my own career path over the last 15 years.
If it weren't for the World Wide Web, I might still be slaving somewhere on a Hollywood movie lot as a stuntman.
Or, worse, I could have ended up permanently working as a NYC bike messenger, where I'd have had no health insurance and much need for it.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the WWW, I've arrived at the massive Austin Convention Center, just down the road apiece from my current hacienda and in the fine company of some of my fellow ibm.com veterans, for that grandest of celebrations of the interactive realm, SXSW Interactive.
And just before we took to the Austin streets, we were able to watch the full Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer interview from "The Daily Show" last evening.
Even a few short years ago, and certainly not before the advent of the Web, that's something that would have been virtually impossible. We would have had to wait for a replay on the VCR or, if we were really fancy, a first-gen DVR.
Instead, it's now something that not only can we watch, but can use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to comment and follow our fellow Interwebbers' realtime commentary.
For that, I am also most thankful.
As to the interview itself, many seem to think it was Cramer crucified, and no doubt he took a few lumps.
But from a pure communications perspective, I expect we'll look back at this and realize it was very smart to go on Stewart's show and take his lumps, give a mea culpa, and clear the path for Cramer's way forward.
As to Stewart himself, I Tweeted in the cab on the rainy ride over here that he seems to have evolved into something of our time's TV version of Upton Sinclair, the muckraking journalist who helped uncover the nastiness of the Chicago meat-processing industry that led to significant food safety reforms in the early part of the last century.
I find it quite ironic that we've come to the point that it's a popular TV comedian who serves the role of newsman, providing a needed grilling of the now-burst financial bubble's biggest cheerleader.
But I'm also sure it doesn't say much good about the state of mainstream investigative journalism.
Happy Birthday, Mr. World Wide Web.
We're really glad you made it this far, even if you're still just almost legal, and Edward R. Murrow is nowhere in sight.
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Google has apparently found its voice in the telephony market.
The Official Google Blog announced last night Google has begun to preview "Google Voice, an application that helps you better manage your voice communications."
Now if Google could only come up with a tool to help hedge fund managers better manage their mortgage security investments.
The new Google Voice builds on Google's 2007 acquisition of GrandCentral by providing transcripts of your voicemail, as well as the archiving and searchability of all your SMS text messages. (No word yet on whether or not Mail Goggles is enabled to stop those weekend late-night SMS messages you probably never should have sent.)
TechCrunch posts that "Google is finally bringing us the voice service that was promised back in 2006," explaining you no longer have to wrestle with 3 or more phone numbers and multiple email and texting devices.
One number, where anybody in the world, can reach me via phone or SMS me at any time, day or night.
Shoot me now.
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developerWorks' Scott Laningham and I had the opportunity recently to spend some time interviewing IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics, Jeff Jonas, for a new podcast episode.
In the interview, we covered a number of interesting topics with Jeff, including non-obvious relationship awareness and 9/11, the opportunity for collision between privacy, civil liberties, and national security, and several other related and very compelling topics.
Jeff connects dots in a way that is fascinating and thought-provoking and, yes, sometimes even life-saving.Read More]
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The 2008 IBM Annual Report was released yesterday, including a letter from Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano.
Although the economic situation continues to be dire, the letter from the Chairman is decidedly upbeat, explaining that "IBM today is a very different company" and that "since the dot-com crash in 2002, we have more than doubled our pre-tax income and free cash flow, and more than tripled our earnings per share. Our standout 2008 continued this record of superior performance."
Great news for IBM shareholders, no doubt, particularly in light of the seemingly endless bad news of late.
But it's not last year's business results that are the most interesting part of the letter.
Rather, it's the teeing up of the opportunity ahead of us that makes it most worth reading, particularly the section entitled "A Smarter Planet."
It begins: "The coming era will not be kind to enterprises or institutions that have failed to step up to unresolved issues in their core models, strategies or operations. In our view, this is not simply a cyclical downturn, but a major shift in the global economy and society — one that is simple to state, but profound in its implications."
How to respond to this shift?
Through "the infusion of intelligence into the way the world actually works: the systems and processes that enable physical goods to be developed, manufactured, bought and sold; services to be delivered; everything from people and money to oil, water and electrons to move; and billions of people to work and live."
There's much, much more, including some very specific examples of this smarter approach to using information technology in business.
You can download the 2008 IBM Annual Report (PDF 4.2MB).
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Okay, it's official.
The whole Twitter thing has gone completely out of control.
I don't mind the crazy valuations or all the talk of Google or Facebook or Microsoft or whomever acquiring them.
I don't mind the cool stories where people are getting rescued from bank robberies or hostage situations or wildfires because of Twitter.
I don't even mind the new Twitter trend and integrated search feature.
What I do mind is the mass mediation and politicization and paparrazification of Twitter.
CNN's Rick Sanchez, Congresspeople during the not-state-of-the-union speech, the list of Twitter celebrities.
Twitter has jumped the shark in a big way.
Ha, and I thought it was a big deal at SXSW 2007 when Twitter started to tip and everybody was using it to figure out where and when they were going to meet up for lunch or switch sessions midstream because the speaker was too boring.
For those who follow me, if you hadn't noticed I've already tapered off my own personal use because I think the hype has now far exceeded the reality.
It's like being back in the bubble of 1999.
Except now it's a Twitter Bubble.
A way frickin' big whopper of a Twitter Bubble, filled with a seeming mixture of massive amounts of nitrous oxide and very little oxygen.
I'm thinking maybe I should sell T-shirts. I might be one of the few who actually makes some money off Twitter.
Now look, I won't be deleting my Twitter ID or anything. I'm not stupid.
Because you just never know, I might get stuck in another earthquake or wildfire or mudslide or something on one of my business trips.
And I want to be absolutely certain I can let the whole world know what I had for my last lunch.Read More]