Now that Danny Sullivan is a California resident, he can travel much much more easily. This year, he is stepping outside the typical conference boundaries of Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo, and Pubcon, and will be speaking at the Gnomedex conference on August 21-23. As a result, Danny has posted about the engagement on Search Engine Land and has been looking to Sphinn for discussion that he can integrate into his speech.
The Sphinn discussion has had a lot of real interesting experiences, from people saying that judges are using Google to gain ammunition for court cases (in one case, for child support) to how search makes it easier to form relationships based on a single passion for a topic.
The ability to search online is making us smarter, not stupider, because we're getting results instantaneously.
There's some really great discussion, from Matt Cutts trying to give the background on how policies are implemented, to others feeling that "old news is not news." Overall, the entire thread is a good read.
Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.