The Macworld Podcast heads south toward the future this week. More specifically, I’m in San Diego for the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2006, an annual event focusing on high-tech trends.
This year’s conference focuses on the Attention Economy, a phrase dealing with efforts to streamline information consumption. I sat in on a few sessions I’d like to call your attention to—everything from discussions of the Firefox extension Greasemonkey to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. We’ll close out the show with a look at future of multi-touch user interfaces, including an interview with Jeff Han of New York University, talking about his research in this field.
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The second excerpt from the O’Reilly conference features Felipe Cabrera of Amazon, who talks about Amazon’s new Mechanical Turk service, named for the 18th century hoax that purported to be a chess-playing mechanical device.
In addition to Amazon’s Cabrera, we also hear from Nathan McFarland of CastingWords.com, a new startup that uses Mechanical Turk to create transcripts of podcasts.
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