As I dive into financial modeling and under the probing of a friend, I asked myself if google waves would lend themselves to scientific research and collaboration. After 30 minutes of late night browsing I must say I am blown away. Found a program called Latexy for Latex formulas, a program called igor for reference management, wolfram alpha has a robot, mathematica proper talks about doing one. Most important I think that the time feature will be killer to see how the research evolves and progresses... sort of a built in CVS.
But the thing that really blew me away was the mass of people. Within a couple of weeks (ok months if you were really early on the beta), some of the specialized discussions are really cool and it is the first time I really felt the "mass of people" right there in my face, 300 of them, discussing the topic I wanted to discuss (how to include LaTeX into waves).
I have started a wave on endogenous money growth in modern monetary system. I will share it as a public wave as soon as I have some meat in there :) I am excited, impressed and giggling like a little girl. New technology that I think I can use does that to me. Some aspects of it still puzzle me, when I first saw it as a forum replacement, i was not so excited, but for targeted applications like this, it could be killer. I want to believe. I want to believe it is not slideware and will be definitely giving it a serious ride.