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Motorola CEO Ed Zander gave the morning keynote on day 2 at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies conference. In the briefcase are a number of handsets that he demonstrated on stage, some of which are available only in Europe. Last week, ZDNet editor-in-chief Dan Farber interviewed Zander and took a photograph of all the devices that he keeps in that briefcase [see Motorola's Ed Zander Unplugged. According to Zander, the three great disruptors to the status quo are that (1) everything is being digitized, (2) broadband is moving to the air, and (3) intelligence is everywhere. That third point refers to the fact that everything -- our thermostats, our clothes, etc. -- will be spewing data onto the Internet.
Sun co-founder (and currently venture capitalist) Bill Joy giving the second keynote of day 2 at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies Conference. Joy talks about the "six Webs" that form the organizing principle for how the Internet is going to change. They are the here, near, far, weird, B2B, and D2D (device to device) Webs. The six styles are nothing new to Joy. Although the name of the last two has changed, he's been talking about them for over five years.
Cisco senior vice president and chief development officer Charles Giancarlo speaking during the New Growth Opportunities in Computing and Communications session at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies Conference. Giancarlo talked about how today's switches are operating at the same speed as the computer's backplane. The next logical conclusion, of course: replace the computer's backplane with the switch, thereby making the computer's bus and the network's bus one in the same.