It's over. But still to come...

  • Darren Waters
  • 10 Mar 07, 03:54 AM

My week in San Francisco and the Valley is at an end.

I've met Google, Mozilla, HP Labs, four different start-up firms - Meebo, Zooomr, Stumble Upon, Yelp - as well as had a tour of Industrial Light & Magic, sat in on a New Tech Meet Up and attended three days of the Game Developer's Conference.

But there is plenty more material to come from this trip.

I'll be writing in-depth about Industrial Light & Magic, doing a series looking at the bright, young things of the web 2.0 space, investigating why this area produces so much great technology, looking at the future of the browser and delving into a camera technology which may revolutionise surveillance.

I'll also be writing about the hottest games firm at the GDC - Media Molecule - and looking at the issue of PC gaming piracy.

We'll also be updating the Valley mash-up map.

Let us know your thoughts on the blog, the coverage and what's to come from the trip.

All civil comments are welcome and even the uncivil ones are read.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:18 AM on 10 Mar 2007,
  • Simon wrote:

You seem to be mistaking the evolution of the application of old technologies for new technology. In no way does "web2.0" (a marketing slogan of O'Reilly) use much in the way of new technology. It's all Internet Protocol based data transfer.

  • 2.
  • At 01:39 PM on 10 Mar 2007,
  • amanfromMars wrote:


That sounds like an Advanced Artificial Intelligents Log Inviting ITs Scripting [Tools] ........ Stealthy MetaDataMining for NeuReal Source CodeXXXXs ..... for Virtualising Servers.

SMART2 Humans Advanced Artificially to Aliens? Or is that another Programmed Game?

XXXXDomain Scriptures/InfraStructures. Web 3.0 Quantum Control at your Right Hand in the Clicks of the Mouse Sharing Viable Imagination.

As the title of this post is "Tomorrow's World" and the blog is about technology....

I have been wondering recently why the BBC don't bring back Tomorrow's World. We are now living in a world of exciting technological developments. There must be enough material for a weekly show. Avoid the childish approach of The Gadget Show and give us some serious indepth look into the future world.

Darren - maybe you fancy producing it?

  • 4.
  • At 09:38 PM on 12 Mar 2007,
  • John Smith wrote:

As far as "Tomorrow's World" is concerned, the comments from prior blog entries suggested the BBC would not bring it back. Which is, in my totally biased opinion, stupid. I can understand the financial constraints, but as the old saying goes, you can't make money if you don't spend money. It could even be broadcast over the Internet, as Doctor Who was before being brought back in full, so that the BBC can test the waters.

Now, onto technology. There is really very little new in Silicon Valley these days. The level of R&D is pretty poor and that's not where we are seeing most of the tech action.

Research Triangle has also failed to produce much excitement in recent years, which is bothersome. They have a lot of bright people, but very few bright futures.

Oregon and Scotland ("Silicon Forest" and "Silicon Glen" respectively) are doing a little bit better. There seems to be more going on in both areas and if I were to bet on a new major revolution in computing coming out any time soon, it would be in one of those two areas.

Now, being grumpy and slightly old-fashioned, I can't say I approve of some of the ideas of the young'uns out there, but for want of some real breakthrough concepts, I suppose the work that is just beginning to break out of the research labs is better than the trite nonsense that has passed for progress over the last few years.

  • 5.
  • At 02:44 PM on 13 Mar 2007,
  • Allen Friend wrote:

I can see the Beeb's argument for not bringing back TW. They already have tech shows and slots (like Click) and they've obviously done their research. I'd love to see it come back, but I don't think there's a need for a dedicated show.

Upgrading this part of the web site, on the other hand, would make perfect sense. Rather than people blogging what they're doing for various TV shows and slots, the actual content should be appended to this blog. Engadget post YouTube-like videos on their blog, and I can't see why the BBC's tech blog couldn't work in a similar fashion.

Sort of half way between on-demand TV and classic blogging.

Works for me!

  • 6.
  • At 10:03 PM on 17 Mar 2007,
  • Michelle Readman wrote:

Regarding this blog, I find myself quite sadened by the fact that it seems to have ended.

I really enjoyed the views presented here, and found it a great commentary on technology.

Please, BBC, consider keeping this blog going and expanding such real and personal coverage of technology.

Tomorrow's World is the future, but this tomorrow is something that does not exist. Yes, technology is light and... magic, but this magic is artificial and has no time, always it is a change, a better product, a new and improved future. The side effects are always the same, unchanged.

  • 8.
  • At 11:34 AM on 20 Mar 2007,
  • just me wrote:

When you said "It's over" I didn't think it was so over. Has Tomorrows world stopped blogging?

Tomorrow's World should be back because it was part of the tradition of the BBC. Although the prog implies only looking to the future, we make the same old mistakes again and again by not remembering those vital links with the past. The future is nothing but a continuance of the present, through the past.
As to why the 'valley' produces so much tech, the answer is again in the past. In most technological paradigm shifts, it is usually a small area that thrusts it on. The English North East is a case in point, the 'valley' of the railways revolution.

The PS3 is launched tomorrow.

If tomorrows world has stopped blogging (and to be honest I only read it to monitor how out of touch it is with gaming) then it would be fittingly out of touch with gaming. Thus nulling all of Darrens earlier comments.

I would expect to see some sort of report on that.
Although I'm geting a blog mixed up with actual journalism, as I believe Darren does sometimes.

well every of these company which you did mention in text about (Google, Mozilla, HP) are company which are on top for a long time, everything new what would come on market, something what we didn't expect will be from some of these companies.

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