As New York, and the world, prepares to see for the first time what will most certainly be one of the most visited memorial sites in the world -- Michael Arad seems calm, focused, and comfortable with what they'll see.
My fellow traveler read my powerpoint from behind me on the airplane. And my car service driver watched it live on the web. Certainly my 'private' presentation to the TEDx community was more public than I ever imagined.
While Google is defining 'delight' as popping a weather graphic on your screen, users are drowning in a flood of tweets, blog posts, check-ins, and other real-time data that overwhelm comprehension and exhaust users.
We're entering a critical, and dangerous, time in the content ecosystem. A moment where partisan politics could shout down diverse points of view, and lumbering algorithms could blithely filter out diversity.
By the time my Google TV arrived, I was prepared to hate it. I powered it up expecting a digital disaster. Instead, I found a remarkably workable hardware/software combination that did everything that was promised.
In 2011, it all comes together. Devices, bandwidth and consumer demand. People are moving away from old sources and passive technology, and embracing social media and social content in way that couldn't have been imagined just five years ago.