"Most intriguing is a suggestion to include extended type information that will eliminate the need for IDLs and make it possible to generate standard bindings to external systems (COM, CORBA, SQL). Clearly Bjarne wants to position this as a platform-neutral, vendor-neutral, standardized alternative to the proprietary, vendor-supported languages that have emerged over the recent years. Audio MP3 and slides available on Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast." Thoughtfully, it's available to download as well (not just streaming), and accompanied by a transcript. Good listening.