Summary:

I had a great talk with Greg Papadopoulous, the CTO of Sun Microsystems earlier this week. Greg is deep thinker, often using phenomena in astronomy to explain complex problems in networking. It’s inspiring. So I went to his blog. What I want to share first is […]

I had a great talk with Greg Papadopoulous, the CTO of Sun Microsystems earlier this week. Greg is deep thinker, often using phenomena in astronomy to explain complex problems in networking. It’s inspiring. So I went to his blog. What I want to share first is this video of a panel Papadopoulous moderated this summer at the Paley Center for Media.

These are Five (very) Big Minds, talking very philosophically about the state of networking, and what it means for the business landscape — the New Road Ahead.

Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Dan Scheinman, head of Cisco’s Media Solutions Group; Ginsu Yoon, Vice President of Business Affairs at Linden Labs (creators of Second Life); and Bradley Horowitz, Vice President of Product Strategy for Yahoo!. And of course, Papadopoulous.

A teaser…

Google’s Cerf:

“The network infrastructure is … still asymmetric is some places and that is interfering with some opportunities. But creating others — it’s the confluence of the real and virtual worlds.”

Cisco’s Scheinman:

“We are moving away from a Ptolemaic world to a world of Copernicus where the sun really is at the center of the universe, and that sun is the user … It’s the world of ‘we and me,’ [where] user-driven search becomes secondary because our content will find us.”

The video is long. Don’t watch the whole thing. But it’s worth 15 minutes of your time — there are business opportunities in what these brains are saying! I suggest you begin it at 5:40, as each panelist gives his 3 minute-take on what lies ahead. It is all you need…

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