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June 14, 2010 / jamieai

Wired Business Conference: Disruptive by Design

I’m attending a fantastic conference today (via video stream) sponsored by Wired: Disruptive by Design. Here is a summary of my and other tweets and my notes from #wiredbiz to far:

  • Chris Anderson opened with “Open Innovation Hits the Factory Floor”. “The past decade was about new models on the web, the next decade about applying them to the real world.” An audience poll of the most disruptive technology of the 20th century showed 39% voted electricity and 38% voted Internet.
    The second industrial revolution had two parts: 1. democratize tools of content creation 2. democratize distribution. The third Industrial Revolution moves from democratization of tools of creation to tools of distribution.
    For the first time, making is manufacturing. “Print local. Print global.” Garage models now can change the world through disruption of manufacturing/ bottoms up industrial models. “The internet allows us to build a marketplace of talent and find the best people, wherever they are.”
  • Bre Pettis of MarketBot makes things that make things. “My favorite thing isn’t the machine, it’s the community.” Makerbot is like homebrew computer club – it’s a disruptive toy.”  If you can draw it, Makerbot can make it. The Makerbot 3D printer is under $1000 and will be coming to our homes soon.  “Being able to click on things and have them shipped to you is kind of miraculous.”
  • Eric Cahill, Senior Director, Automotive X PRIZE: The organization is giving $10 million to teams creating 100mpg cars: “A prize galvanizes innovation.” When will you stop driving and look for alternatives? (poll): When we have access to convenient, efficient public transport. The automotive X Price will be awarded to the best car to go 100 MPG. Currently there are 28 designs in the running.
  • Vivian Schiller, President & CEO, NPR: Public media mashup – NPR is becoming a digital public media platform. Public Media Platform will enable computer assisted journalism and data visualization previously impossible. “Ratings for 900+ member NPR stations at all time high; +60% past 10 years. Digital consumption compliments radio”. NPR has put 300+ journalists through digital training. NPR journalists are looking at additional lenses through which to display the news.
    The two goals of NPR: 1. develop more original, high quality content and 2. foster digital innovation – they work in tandem. Planet Money: Have an idea and just try it! (Morning Edition and All Things Considered have large readership to try new ideas). Many new ideas start web-first: fast, nimble, inexpensive. NPR wants content to be as easily findable as possible. We’re free and will always be free (content creation isn’t free – dependent on support from membership). NPR embraces Clay Shirky’s famous expression: “Nothing with work, but everything might”.
    PBS is a separate entity from NPR. PBS has a distinct voice that resonates with the audience. NPR is not left-leaning: News orgs that don’t take a point of view are often seen as left-leaning. was launched last summer.
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