Web 2.0 Expo (Berlin): George S. Jones from 2058 reporting on Democratising Utilities with Electricity 2.0

This post is the sixth 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/.

Note 812.56.012 – George S. Jones; journalist for the Web2.0 Expo Europe reporting from 2008.

Well…it seems that the boss has vanished! Bob finally said to me that she hasn’t been seen for several days now and no-one knows where she has gone and why. The rumours are flying of course. Perhaps she had something to do with the Time Travel machine damage? Could she had done it deliberately? And if so, where is she now?

Hmmm, I know she is pretty tough on me, but I didn’t think she hated me so much to strand me back 50 years in time. That’s a pretty extreme thing to do. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder…

My moral dilemma is, do I continue the story? My good journalistic mind says yes. I don’t doubt the machine will be fixed at some stage (no-one has been trapped back in time since the machine was first built in the mid 20s), and if it does turn out there is sabotage afoot, then this story could be bigger than ever!

Possibly the most fascinating discussion of the 2008 Web 2.0 Expo was the session on Electricity 2.0, taken by Tom Raftery and James Governor. It was an optimistic discussion to say the least! Electricity and other utilities as disparate, disconnected grids joined up to give a ‘super-grid’. What a fantastic idea. Unfortunately, the incredible ideas of this session were thwarted by the power and greed of big business. While the internet and information became more democratic and broad, the hold that big organisations kept on things like utilities grew ever tighter. It is an uncomfortable balance from where I am from, but a balance nonetheless.

I must track down a transcript of this session. You see, I think these ideas still have mileage. I think that the general public in 2058 are far more sick of monopolising organisation than they were in 2008. And I think that the model of the internet is now so strong and so entrenched that when I get back it could be time to change…

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