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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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3 responses to “Sterling Rant Goes Viral”

  1. Tom Riley

    I dunno – I thought he made a lot of sense. It certainly didn’t strike me as particularly arrogant or boring to point out that things in the world of networked computing aren’t nearly as stable or as quantified as they often appear.

    In an industry prone to hubris, at a time when huge changes are afoot and no-one really knows how things are going to turn out next week, let alone next year, a word or two of caution seems more than appropriate.

  2. Helen

    I’ve been interested in the differing opinions about Bruce Sterling. For my part, I thought him a bit of a waste of time. His speech was obviously well-written and well-rehearsed – probably at the circuit of web conferences he attends, as you point out – but I didn’t see much substance. It was a sermon. It was full of increased volumes at bits he really wanted you to agree with, and truck-loads of empty rhetoric: A is a bit like B, and B does this, so therefore A does too. All I really got out of his talk was that Web 2.0 is cool and all, but it isn’t perfect and won’t last forever. Maybe I missed something, but it didn’t floor me.