Thanks to a recent posting of Tim Bass, I have watched now a really cool video from the MIT Media Lab,
if you have not already done it, watch and enjoy ! still in early phases, but very impressive !
This brings us to two interesting questions:
- Does this demo show an event processing application ?
- Should creating cool applications be our target ?
Which leads to the interesting question number 2 --- for sure, it is easier to impress and sell technologies through cool applications. Event processing has some cool applications in processing events in games, processing event in the smart house that automatically turns on and off the lights, re-stocks the refrigerator, and invites technician to fix the air condition. I think that the issue of event processing for the individual consumer market has not been investigated well, and in that context the "cool" stuff is certainly a good way to sell...
While looking at the majority of the work done today in event processing, it relates to enterprise computing, in enterprise computing the main criterion is ROI, there may be nothing exciting about an accounting, procurement or regulation enforcement applications, but since they are part of the enterprise's bread and butter, technologies that enable to the enterprise to do them more effective/more efficient may bring a lot of ROI. Since the decision makers are people, and decision making is not necessarily a rational process, cool demos are highly recommended...
More - Later.