Posted from the US
Overall a great conference on the future of technology, software, and engineering. Unresolved questions as to how to integrate or possibly change/blur what it means to be a developer. Users may become developers on a mass scale - but no one has figured out how to do this yet. The wide net of collaborative development, concurrent engineering, and searching the long tail for good thoughts has been thrown - lots of strange fish to sift through.
At dinner Saturday night I sat near a key scientist who used to be at Bell Labs - we were lamenting the loss of fundamental research in the US (and discussing how in Asia they are building massive scientific research parks). The lack of interest in US students in becoming engineer/tech people is alarming - its like we have a our collective head shoved in a dark hole. The way out of the economic mess for the US is through innovation and driving technology and industry (think automobiles, computers, software). We're losing ground. Perhaps we should focus hugely on solving global healthcare and energy - and be the technology leads in these areas.
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