The way humans think is changing forever

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Alistair Croll | @acroll |

We're in the midst of an industrial revolution of data, the result of new data processing technologies, ubiquitous computing, and next-generation interfaces. We can mine petabytes of information, filter millions of messages, and link disparate databases in the blink of an eye. We're harvesting billions of mouse clicks, credit card swipes, and GPS coordinates. The resulting data is available to companies, governments, and citizens.

But these massive, open data sets are just the beginning. With ubiquitous computing, they're available to anyone, anywhere. And modern, immersive, interactive interfaces — from touchscreens to 3D worlds to augmented reality — make them immediately accessible. We're transforming the very fabric of human knowledge: how we learn, play, work, and love.

Tomorrow's world will be a layered one, where we augment our every thought with context, skimming over data and diving deep into knowledge. We'll immerse ourselves in the strata of our lives, and we'll never be the same.

This is what the O'Reilly Strata Conference is about. Throughout one day of in-depth workshops and two days of breakout sessions and plenary discussions, we'll explore the vast potential of this burgeoning new field. Over the course of the conference, we'll look at:

  • Big, Agile Data: Dealing with a deluge of realtime data and huge data warehouses, from the collection and storage of information to the protection, mining, filtering, and distribution of that data in radical new ways that put the world's knowledge at our disposal instantly.
  • Ubiquitous Computing: Making data available to anyone, anywhere, on any platform, through advances in cloud computing, the democratization of IT, broadband and wireless networks, and the Internet of Things.
  • New Interfaces: Compelling, immersive, interactive tools for understanding and exploring vast amounts of data intuitively, adjusting information based on context and circumstance and augmenting the reality around us.

These three disciplines — big data, ubiquitous computing, and new interfaces — are the cornerstones of Strata. Together, they put data to work for all of us — with all of the opportunity, disruption, risk, and promise that entails. We hope you'll join us and contribute to this important conversation.

Tags: cloud_computing, big-data, interfaces

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