The Social Web
There have been precious few innovations that have changed the way humans, as a society, behave. We gathered around fire, we moved our bodies with wheels and our minds with the printing press. Sure, there have been other milestones along the way. But nothing changed our societal DNA like instant, always-on access to a global community and its data vault of knowledge -- the Internet.
In the wake of Google's acquisition of YouTube and Reuters launch of a virtual Second Life bureau, University of Minnesota computer science professor John Riedl discussed humanity's "Social Web" in the November 2006 presentation. Download the audio of the event (mp3 file).