There has been much discussion around the “wisdom of crowds”, especially around sites like reddit and digg. But there are a couple of flaws with this line of thinking: Half the people in the world are of below average intelligence. When a crowd of idiots is making decisions, they are not always going to show great… Read more The Limited Wisdom of Crowds
In the Washington Post today, David Ignatius writes a piece titled The Ideas Engine Needs a Tuneup on the mismatch between risk taking technologists and the risk fearing federal government. The thesis of the article is that the federal government is no longer making risky investments such as the one’s that DARPA used to make in the… Read more David Ignatius Missing a Big Part of Innovation Funding
Sun today announced the release of the JavaFX platform. So how does it fit into the matrix. Feature JavaFX Comments Plugin Requirements JRE required, ~9MB download, but probably 30-40 MB on application startup. The JRE has a decent install base, but no where near that of Flash. Most people usingJava WebStart/Applets complains about JRE download… Read more How Does JavaFX Fit Into the RIA Equation
Microsoft just announced the Silverlight platform for deploying web applications. TechCrunch has a great summary of the announcement. Earlier this week, Adobe announced the Flex platform will be open sourced. This is on top of the speculation of the impact of their Apollo platform. Both of these platforms provide developers with new and interesting ways… Read more Silverlight and Apollo: AJAX Killers?