Fusion Engines

15.07.2013 by Craig Burton

One of my favorite movies released in 2012 was Cloud Atlas. This is not necessarily an easy movie to watch or explain.

That is not the point I bring it up.

In one of the films many timelines, there is a post-apocalyptic setting where civilization is very primitive. In this primitive civilization, the two main groups are an islands main inhabitants—goat herders—and “Prescients” that are very advanced and seemingly from a different planet. Twice a year the goat herders and the prescients meet to barter and exchange information.

The goat herders are extremely curious about the prescients and how they travel with so magically across the waves of the sea. “Twice a year the Prescients come bartering on waves. Their ships come creep crawling just floatin’ on the smart of the old un’s.” Tom Hank’s narrative is magical and mysterious. Just as the knowledge of the Prescients seems to be to the goat herders. In a subsequent scene, the tribal elders can just not resist and more, and the ask Halle Barry’s character—the Prescient emissary—how their ships float on the waves.

She answer the question with complete honesty. “Fusion Engines…..” Everyone in the room nods and the term “Fusion Engines” gets past around the room as if it were obvious and plain. That the answers to the mysteries of the old ones had been finally revealed.

Tom Hank’s goes on to narrate that no one wanted as what a “Fusion Engine” was because they didn’t want to look stupid in front of the gathering.

Tech Talk and FusioOAuth, XACML, Federated Naming….. My point is, as technologists, we sometimes love the mystery and complexity of the language we use to talk about the trends and information we are discussing. It is hard to avoid it. This is complex stuff. There are sometimes no words in existence yet to clearly define to all those concerned how things really work.

Fusion Engines…. Just nod your head and look like it is normal. The reality is, there probably no one that knows exactly what all of this technology surrounding Identity and Access Management is. Further, people who do know are actually happy to tell you and wouldn’t think that anyone is stupid.

So if a “Fusion Engine” moment comes up for you. Don’t be hesitant to ask what is really being talked about. It helps everybody.


The API Computing Magic Troika and the API Economy

27.10.2011 by Craig Burton

Intro

Provocative quotes:

Baking your core competency into an open API is a economic imperative.

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If you are not engaged in generating or enabling open API’s for your business—you are not in the game.

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Social—, Mobile—, and Cloud-computing are hot. The API computing magic troika is white hot.

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Ubiquitineurs don’t litigate or file for patents. Litigation and patents are the tools of the purveyors of scarcity.

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I talk to my buddy and visionary Doc Searls almost everyday. He is busy writing his new book about the Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge. The book is the long expected follow up on his first co-authored work: The Cluetrain Manifesto.

While we talk, we often riff on ideas and things we have read or heard. We have been doing this now off and on for twenty years so we have a language and process that lets us get right to the meat of things quickly. It’s fun. When Doc gets on a rant I just shut up and listen. It’s like listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn riff with words.

One more thing: This post is the first instance of a new term. The term is Ubiquitineur. The definition of ubiquitineur is: Ubiquitineur—An entrepreneur whose business and innovation practices are ubiquity-based as opposed to scarcity-based.

The API Computing Magic Troika

Here is my point.

We are riffing on three core things that make the Intention Economy work. Surprisingly one of them isn’t social computing. They are:

  1. Cloud-based code (Code platforms like Kynetx that are API and cloud-centric).
  2. Cheap telephony-data (Affordable mobile—telephony data pricing like Ting.com provides)
  3. Personal Data Technology(cloud-based stores that are controlled by the individual. Singly is promising such a thing, Cloudmine.me has one up in beta.)

Cloud-based Code

Here is why Kynetx (or possibly other cloud/API-centric code platform) rocks for the Intention Economy rapid prototyping and apps.

  1. Runs in the cloud.
  2. Has built in constructs for managing developer keys.
  3. Late-binding is intrinsic
  4. Loosely-coupled is explicit
  5. Built in support for OAuth 1.o and 2.0.
  6. Event-driven
  7. JSON and JSON Path-centric
  8. Much more but you get the point.

Traditional languages are playing catch-up to this. (I like the precepts of the new Dart language spec from Google. It needs to be evented though. Plus is doesn’t have key management as an intrinsic.)

Cheap Telephony Services

Current telcos are ripping us off for data access. Competition and common sense ( of which little is found in telcos today) will change this. For example look at what Ting.com is doing with providing no frills pay as you go telephony services over the Sprint Network.

Mobile device data access is fundamental to the Intention Economy.

Personal Data Technology

This a new category of technology that is just emerging. Call the personal data ecosystem, or personal data store or architecture, whatever, the point is a place in the cloud where you can store and control information about you.

There are a lot of players emerging in this space. The two I am going to mention are Jeremie Miller’s Singly.com project and the Cloudmine.me service.

To be honest I haven’t used either of them yet, but the precepts in Jeremie’s vision are spot on plus he has gathered an all star group that are likely to do something that will either rock or give us much to think about if it tanks.

I will be playing with the Cloudmine stuff shortly and let you know what I think. So far I like everything there. The one exception is their terms of service. It doesn’t really effect me, but I think they are missing out on the benefits of clear ubiquity-based thinking when the contractually prevent anyone from creating a compatible service.

Soap box rant

This is specifically to the Cloudmine folks but it applies to anybody. If you get enough inertia to attract someone interested enough to start copying your protocol, rejoice—things are good. Litigation is not your friend. Litigation is the tool of the purveyors of scarcity. Protectionism is contrary to what you are trying to accomplish. It is contrary to the laws of ubiquity. You have an alignment problem there. Ubiquitineurs don’t litigate or register for patents.

The API Economy

The API Economy is not something that is going to happen. We are already in full swing.

Look at the numbers published by  the folks at the Programmableweb earlier this month when they hit the 4000 API mark.

programmableweb-4000-apis

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Summary

Get with it. Figure out your API strategy. Understand the API Economy Troika and how it relates to what you are doing.

What more point. If you don’t know by know I will end with another quote that is not so provocative and should be obvious:

Digital Identity is core  to all this stuff.

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Bringing the Web to Life at Last

04.05.2011 by Craig Burton

It isn’t very often that an Internet principle comes along that is so important that it actually affects almost everyone and everything. The Live Web  is one of those Internet principles.

The Static Web — the Internet as we know it today — has no thread of knowing or context. Until now, there has not been enough infrastructure in existence for a computer to do the work of presenting the Internet in a context of purpose. The Live Web presents an infrastructure and architecture for automating context on the internet. The Live Web brings to life the notion of context automation.

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