Here are my google doc notes from Stephen Downes keynote presentation (May 16/08 @ 9am):
I found his presentation a bit "out-there" but nonetheless interesting and thought-provoking. His ideas may not all be "out-there", but I still have a difficult time seeing them happening within the next say 5 years or so. I want you to be aware that a lot of these predictions have a basis of theory and a basis of research. If you do any reading on these subjects, you will see that he has a lot of relevance to today and I can see how he can predict these things for the future. I can tell you that a lot of what he says are not things that are crazy - but more understandable and possible than you may think.
He used an online powerpoint that allowed audience members to contribute the presentation, but it did not seem to help his presentation, but take away from it. Don't get me wrong, it was funny, but maybe not appropriate when we were supposed to be thinking and considering his 10 predictions for the future. :-) It's all good though! Enjoy the notes!
Focus on the abstract and the metaphorical - because it will become a reality. It may not replace what we have now, but it will change how we create our values in our society and our concepts of reality.