Arts and Sciences Reconnect

The number one idea coming from InnovationJam was 3D Internet: “partnering with others to take the best of virtual worlds and gaming environments to build a seamless, standards-based, 3D Internet – the next platform for global commerce and day-to-day business operations.”

Reading Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s post today connecting SC06 and IBM’s recent Town Hall event the above quotation registered. However I found myself shaking my head when I read the below quotation.

It is fitting that I participated in the Beijing town hall from the SC06 supercomputing conference in Tampa. It is this community of scientists and engineers that first used the Internet and World Wide Web extensively in their work. It is also this community that first pioneered the use of advanced technologies to visualize the vast amounts of information generated in supercomputing simulations so they could better extract the insights that lead to innovative discoveries.

For the first time in history the greatest minds from both the arts and sciences global communities have a common platform upon which to collaborate and co-create in real time what will become the third wave of the Internet. This coming together of independent and interdependent thinkers from both communities is what holds such special promise for the 3D Web. Given James Harkin’s FT piece and Andrew Burnet’s Scotsman piece over the weekend the SL Official Guide is arriving just in time. Irving’s closing quotation from Albert Einstein seems entirely appropriate.

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.’”

UPDATE : Paul McDougall shares the 10 InnovationJam projects IBM plans to invest