Web 2.0 Expo (Berlin): George S. Jones from 2058 reporting on Tim O’Reilly

This post is the third of 15 posts following the adventures of George S. Jones, a journalist from 2058 who has been sent on assignment back in time to report on the Web2.0 Expo Europe to be held in Berlin from the 21 – 23 October 2008. George, of course, is fictional. And the surrounding story is a figment of my imagination. However, the Web2.0 Expo in Berlin is very real and could very well be the most outstanding conference of its kind. If you want to be a part of it, I have a 35% discount code for anyone who is planning on attending the conference. You can register here https://en.oreilly.com/webexberlin2008/public/register using the code webeu08gr56 to get your discount. The official conference website is at http://europe.web2expo.com/.

Ah, the taste of real beef burgers. I don’t think I have ever had anything like it. I don’t know how I am ever going to go back home and live with synthetic beef again. Yes, yes, I understand that the beef production here in 2008 was one of the causes of sending the earth to the brink of climate change havoc and The International Climate Protection Agency had to take a stand, but they had it so lucky here! It will be beef for me from now on until the trip home.

I spent the day today finding out more about Tim O’Reilly. The conference had some really famous names as keynotes, but my brief was to find out about two or three of them only. I just had to look up Tim – not just because O’Reilly was one of the original co-producers of the conference, but because of the library of historical information which the prolific work of O’Reilly Media left us. My brother is really into old programming languages. In fact the other day, he was reading about some strange language in a digital O’Reilly called C. C? What a strange thing to call it…

Tim O’Reilly was one of the first to use the name ‘Web 2.0′. Little did he know how far that would go in just 50 years! He was also a huge advocate for the old ‘Creative Commons’ movement, which heralded the total democracy of the internet as I know it. From what I found out today, I can see that Creative Commons was an important thing, because in 2008, corporations still owned information. I’d like to see a corporation try to lay claim to any information in my day. Not only would it be impossible – there’d be a riot…

I spent a bit of time looking at some O’Reilly books in a bookshop. Firstly it was a pleasure to have so many books around me (we still have books, but there are far fewer of them as more people rely on their iEverythings to read), but I also loved the pictures on the front of each. To see animals which are completely extinct in 2058 was far more interesting to me than the dead programming languages. But then, I have been accused of not being good at focussing on the task at hand…

Speaking of that, there is something very odd going on back at the office. I have never known my boss not to call in at least three times a day. I know getting a message through from the future when the 2008 internet is so primitive is tough, but I have been getting messages from my girlfriend (who has given me a shopping list). It’s making me nervous. My boss’s silence could either be really, really good…or really, really bad…

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