Topic: Mobile and Wireless
Dr Peter Hartwell discusses Hewlett-Packard's project to form a new information ecosystem called the Central Nervous System for the Earth, or CeNSE. The system will include a planetary system of a trillion nano-scale sensors and actuators embedded in the environment and connected via an array of wireless networks with computing systems, software and services to exchange real-time information among analysis engines, storage systems and end users. Applications include food safety, energy use and factory operations.
Consultant Larry Downes discusses why the old utility regulatory model has not kept up with the new communications system, with its greater speeds and capacities. In this talk from the 2011 Emerging Communications Conference, he argues that the communications industry cannot succeed if it is forced to deal with slower legal processes.
The ideal social network of the future, for Alan Duric, co-founder of Telio, will be one that leverages real-time communication, provides data privacy and is based on a peer-to-peer governance system. Today's social networks, while evolving at a rapid rate, are still a far cry from this ideal, says Alan. After founding and selling two successful starts up to Skype and Google, Alan's new vehicle Telio is about bridging this gap between social media and real-time communication systems.
In a world in which there may not be enough capacity to take care of an increasingly older and sicker population, how may mobile and home-based technologies will be used to facilitate healthcare? That's the question explored by Eric Dishman, director of health innovation at Intel, in this university podcast. He looks at how technologies such as broadband can inexpensively support non-acute healthcare services. Dishman spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by Stanford.
What if you didn't use multiple phone numbers or multiple SIM cards during international travel? What if you didn't have a phone number at all but a plain-text alias that people could dial into? Just like domain names in the place of IP addresses, what if human beings had unique aliases that could replace phone numbers, and these aliases were not tied to a carrier or a telephony operator? What if collect calls were possible on the Web? What if you could have a disposable phone that you used only for one phone call and never again? Tomaz Stolfa, the founder of Vox.io is working on making this a reality.
If the delivery of pizza, flowers and books can be free, why not the delivery of bytes over the Web? Even landline telephone providers have a "1-800" model that delivers signal for zero cost to the carrier and the consumer. Thomas Sachson, founding member of of Box Top Solutions, proposes a market-driven model that can provide free or subsidized bandwidth and still pay for itself.
Mike McCue, a serial web entrepreneur, compares his latest venture, Flipboard, to the 1957 Jaguar XKSS. Flipboard, a "social magazine" for the tablet, brings the best of print production values and sprinkles in social aspects in a web interface that is out to make a new premium web category. Mike describes his perspective, with online examples, of how art fits into his business model.
Are you aware of the array of obstacles facing America's broadband policy? Richard Whitt covers how the national broadband plan was affected by the economic meltdowns of 2008 and 2009, court decisions, and other moving parts impacting the future success or failure of America's broadband roll-out efforts.
Our digital world with its huge amounts of data is evolving rapidly and often times in an uncharted manner. Brad Rencher of Adobe Systems says we need to know how to measure the impact of digital activities. He suggests we look at the problem from three directions: socially, through the use of mobile devices, and with data analytics. He offers case studies of successful and failed approaches to help businesses develop a line of sight to follow for digital success.
President of StrangeLoop Networks Joshua Bixby guides us through what he calls the Mobile Revolution. He presents us with data his company has collected over the years in specific (though anonymous) case studies relating to the increase of mobile website traffic. The figures are compelling and the message even more. New entrepreneurs as well as internet-business veterans need to pay attention to the mobile market. It is already a non-negligible facet of internet commerce and will continue to grow in years to come.