Topic: Distributed systems
I previously posted a review of Nicholas Carriero and David Gelernter's How to Write Parallel Programs. Today I came across an Edge roundtable discussion on cloud computing featuring David Gelernter, John Markoff, and Clay Shirky (via Patrick Logan).
I recommend reading up more on Gelernter's work if you are not familiar with it before watching the interview.
For me, there were three new insights from the roundtable:
Gelernter also discussed Eric Freeman's Lifestreams architecture. Freeman's work on Lifestreams from 1994 to 1996 was amazingly prescient for how FriendFeed, Twitter, and the recent Facebook redesign all work over a decade later.