...scares the hell out of me. Apple recently announced the iPad and unless you're living under a rock you've heard about it and probably the brouhaha over its refusal to allow Flash. Apparently the iPad won't allow any browser plugins. I am scared to hell.
Steve Jobs certainly has his master plan and hopes to make large sums of money on the iPad and the continuing dominance of the iPhone. But the Open Web folks seemingly come from a more philosophic/political agenda - "The Web Should be Free". What happens when that comes true. What happens when we've successfully prevented all corporate interests from profiting off client technologies on the internet? Then certainly no companies will invest in the client technologies. We've salted our own fields. We've put our sole hope for new innovation in a committee process thats proven itself time and time again, both in general theory and in specific practice of these groups, to be slow and fraught with problems.