O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2005 -- An Invitation to Attend the 4th Annual O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference: "Citizen engineers are throwing their warranties to the wind, hacking their TiVos, Xboxes, and home networks. Wily geeks are jacking technology into their cars for music, movies, geolocation, and internet connectivity on the road.
E-commerce and network service giants like Amazon, eBay, PayPal, and Google are decoupling, opening, and syndicating their services, then realizing and sharing the network effects. Professional musicians and weekend DJs are serving up custom mixes on the dance floor. Operating system and software application makers are tearing down the arbitrary walls they've built, turning the monolithic PC into a box of loosely coupled component parts and services.
The massive IT infrastructure of the '90s is giving way to what analyst Doc Searls calls 'do-it-yourself IT.' We see all of this as a reflection of the same trend: the mass amateurization of technology, or, as Fast Company put it, 'the amateur revolution.' And it's these hacks, tweaks, re-combinations, and shaping of the future we're exploring in this year's Emerging Technology Conference theme: Remix. "