“Why would we have a technology conference related to genealogy?” asked Jay Verkler, “When friction and filtering is reduced between connections, innovation occurs.” Verkler spoke during the opening keynote session of the new RootsTech conference this morning. The conference brings together users and producers of technology. “We hope you’re picking up a view of what’s possible.”
One recent innovation in technology is the cloud. The cloud is big. I’m not talking about actual breadth, but importance. The cloud is much more than just the Internet. The cloud is a place where services and software reside: e-mail, word processors and our documents, genealogy documents and our trees, photo albums and more. That is the cloud.
“The new FamilySearch.org is built entirely in the cloud,” said Verkler. “It doesn’t use any of our own servers.” The implications are big, said Verkler.
“The conversation is shifting,” said Shane Robison. “Information is becoming the primary topic of conversation.” Robison, who also spoke during this morning’s keynote, is the executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer for Hewlett–Packard Company.
It is incredible what is happening in technology, said Robison. By 2020 there will be 25 million apps, 4 billion people online, 31 billion connected devices, 1.3 terrabytes of tags and sensors, and 50 trillion gigabytes of data.
I have to agree.