Telephone as the new platform

web2.0Web 2.0 is only a week away. I have spent the entire weekend trying to prepare for my panel, Telephone as the new platform. We have some serious power hitters for this panel, and we hope to debate about the future of telephone, and how IP is going help launch new services on this platform. I mean more than just the basic voice and cool softphone tricks. I hope to inquire about what smart folks like Charlie Hoffman of Covad and Mike McCue of Tell Me have on their mind. What does Hossein Eslambolchi, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AT&T and President of AT&T Labs think about the future. It is going to be a great panel, and I am pretty thrilled at moderating it. If you are going to be around, do attend. (Email me any thoughts, or questions you might have for the panel!) Here is what Tim O’Reilly has to say about the Web 2.0 conference:

I’m talking about the emergence of what I’ve started to call Web 2.0, the internet as platform. We heard about that idea back in the late 90s, at the height of the browser wars, but that turned out to be a false alarm. But I believe we’re now starting the third age of the internet — the first being the telnet-era command line internet, the second the web — and the third, well, that tale grows in the telling. …I’ve organized a conference on this new platform, called, as you might expect from the above writeup, Web 2.0. The conference is being held three weeks from now in San Francisco, at the Hotel Nikko, October 5-7.


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