Thursday, Mar 21 - 8:30 AM
We used to know how to know. We asked an expert. We consulted a book. But it turns out that our system of knowledge is based on the limitations of its old medium, paper. Now knowledge is taking on the properties of its new networked knowledge, and this is changing not only how we know, but what knowledge itself is. Knowledge is moving from curated to overwhelming, from settled to always in dispute, from defined by topics to endlessly linked, and from well-organized to messy. Perhaps most important, knowledge is moving from the brains of experts to networks alive with the engagement of experts, amateurs, the brilliant and the idiotic. In this keynote, bestselling author David Weinberger will explain that while the challenges are abundant, we now have an epochal opportunity to scale knowledge up to the enormous tasks we have set for ourselves and our species.