Some provocative statements from Bruce Sterling. I am not a fan of the cynicism that is dripping from the rhetoric of today’s technology lecture circuit. 

My rebuttal to his speech would be that in the past Web 2.0 world anyone could make a web product using a few O’Reilly books and a MacBook Pro. As we move beyond just cloud infrastructure to cloud platforms, it requires large capital investments from large companies to build the integrated stacks needed to achieve the next advances.

You cannot build a Siri, Cortana, or Google Now using an O’Reilly book.

The problems are harder, and the platforms required to solve them are not able to be run in a dorm room.