Some interesting things happening in the techy parts of the BBC.
This is just the kind of thing the BBC is about, using its stable funding stream to explore and experiment in technologies that the commercial world might not be able to use yet but which could one day be widespread and culturally significant.
The BBC News website is one of the most obvious examples. The material was there, the will was there, but would anyone have begun such a comprehensive site if they had to make a profit out of i?
The people behind News Online are always thinking of new ways of using the vast resources of BBC News. One idea I've heard discussed, although I can't say it's being developed yet, is a kind of automatic playlist of news video, audio and text based on your surfing patterns.
If you read a lot of stories about the environment, Iraq and Manchester United, software should be able to compile a list of appropriate stories into a kind of personal news bulletin.
You wouldn't always want to get your news that way - you might like a smooth news anchor to explain it all. But sometimes you might not.
Check out the backstage.bbc area where some of the more advanced thinking is being done.
Some of these ideas are great. Some are just geeky. But providing space for such imaginative development work is something the BBC should be good at.