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In the run up to the inaugural eComm 2008 I'll be doing pre-conference speaker interviews. Peter Saint-Andre kindly volunteered to be the first on. I know Peter and he is very hard not to goof around with due to his easy going Leo nature. So we only managed half the planned questions and took twice the time (which I had to cut short right at the end). I'm not sure if this one was an interview or a chat between friends. But certainly for a warm up for future interviews, it was a lot of fun.2008-01-04-peter-saint-andre.mp3
The run time is 50 minutes.
On discussing what presence is Peter took the view that it was real-time digital identity and expanded that to say it was attributes about oneself that were short lived, such as geolocation such as to represent a "me-now". I went off script at that point to discuss application possibilities by data mining past "me-now's" i.e. processing stored past presence states to empower new applications (such as the stranger standing near you likes the same movies type thing).
the main question of emerging presence is working out how to communicate how we
are interacting with the world both online and offline and how that can be
routed to the right people; how that sharing can act as a catalyst and prompt
for communications and interaction, for discovering others Etc.
Peter spoke about how we are moving offline aspects of oneself online and
moving online aspects of oneself offline as well as how the Internet has given
us the ability to share personal states (such as "mood") outside of our small
I cast up
notions of presence resolution and granularity (i.e. share geolocation
If I had to conclude my impression of the chat, I'd say that we are heading into an era of super connectedness between people, people and machines, and across the offline and online worlds. Evolved presence and lifestreams will be very much the plumbing to build that highly-wooven fabric.
To save others Googling up things we referenced during the
chat here are the links:
- David Gelernter's notion of "lifestreams" see the project page and the original Wired article. You may also be interested in his manifesto.
- The reflections of Margin Geddes on an article by Douglas Galbi.
- XEP-0108: User Activity specification.
- Jim Bennett's
notions of an amphibious
I'd also like to thank Peter for volunteering to give up his 15 minute speaking slot and switching to a 5 minute lightening talk so that others could be added to the schedule.
The next planned interview will be with Dr Norman Lewis who
will be delivering a keynote.
PS The conference is only 9 weeks away so if you plan to come, I'd get into gear :)