Meme Mining for Fun and Profit

Presented at DEF CON 13 (2005), July 31, 2005, 11 a.m. (50 minutes)

Technology trends are treacherous. Should you learn java or visual basic? Pay for Windows or download Linux? Will that investment in Bluetooth pay off? Or will you get suckered by a faddish book written by a fading technology guru? You can't know the future (yet), but you can make educated guesses and tilt the odds in your favor. Meme Miner is a simple program for trend tracking. Its power lies in the business and social bandwidth concepts behind its creation. Meme Miner shows current technology trends, but also gives an historical perspective of their past. You will NOT get a lesson in HTTP hacking in this session, but you will get practical and valuable business concepts to help survive (and perhaps prosper) in the next technology upheaval.



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