This post is the tenth 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/.
Now I know I am not paranoid. This is real. I am being followed – in fact, if it hadn’t been for that old woman, I might actually have been grabbed today! My heart rate is only just getting back to normal! I don’t know if any of you have ever watched that old film – The Matrix? I love historical films, and that is one of my favourites – or it was until two men who looked just like Agent Smith started chasing me this afternoon. I was wandering around the old streets of Soho, and they came around the corner, saw me and next thing I know, I am running in the opposite direction. I don’t know why, but something said to me – don’t get caught by these two! It felt like the chase was on for hours although it was probably only a matter of minutes. But that old woman – she stepped out in their path and started pushing them, begging for money. We were in Soho Square by that stage, there were a lot of people around, and I managed to get away, but only just. What the hell is going on?
That incident seemed to have overshadowed my research for the day, although there was an uncomfortable synergy between what I was learning about the development track at the Web 2.0 conference and the similarity of my experience to The Matrix. The film was, at that time, a demonstration of where the world would go if computer and software development continued. Fortunately for me, the apocalyptic message now seems a little quaint – I certainly don’t live in a matrix, and development, although it has progressed, has progressed for the good of the human race rather than its destruction.
At the Web 2.0 conference in 2008, they spoke about technologies such as Adobe AIR, Ajax and Flash, which were at the forefront of the growth of user generated content, interactive and community web sites, content and information syndication and knowledge dissemination. Like the human language, computer languages became more and more sophisticated – so sophisticated I barely understand it. I know the developers who attended the talks in Berlin would have loved to see the beauty of the programming done in E+, Sopcolan and UltraFlash in 2058…
Sadly, I have never learnt the languages used in my time – perhaps if I had of I might be able to hack my iEverything to help me get back home. As it is, I am stranded here – with no messages recently, two scary looking men after me and a crazy old woman who always seems to be nearby.
Image: Andrea Vascellari