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.
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.
From the first mobile phones in the 1970's to the "teleputers" we call smartphones today, we have continued to enhance our remote connections with each other and the world with these handheld devices. What will this trajectory look like by the year 2020? Futurist Szymon Slupik gives us a glimpse of what he thinks mobile phones will look like and offer us on their 50th birthday.
Networks do not really carry water; they carry "cow juice." And there are many different products (cheese, whey, butter, etc.) from milk, but water is just water. Telecomm systems cannot carry double cream anymore with multiplexing and people need to get over that, says Neil Davies, Co-Founder or Predictable Network Solutions. Neil describes how to apply rational choices to remove hand waving and risk.
Apple and Google are both big enough to buy AT&T. So, would they want their own carrier? Jan Dawson of Ovum Telecoms makes a ten-year projection for the telecom industry. He predicts two trends. A shift in value from carrier to content. And the needs of telecom consumers driving the development of offers, which in turn will lead to the formation of two types of players -- the S.M.A.R.T. and the L.E.A.N.
How would you do an SQL query on a binary audio file? Kelly Fitzsimmons, founder of HarQen, explains how that is being done now, and that specially crafted systems can actually organize conversations in a way to get the data out. Hear how the technical and social aspects of human behavior merge to show that voice really matters for the future, starting now.
Last year the internet ran out of 32-bit IP addresses. Sharing IP addresses, as in the standard IPv4, has its problems, but who would volunteer to be the first to switch to the 128-bit standard, IPv6? Thus, June 8, 2011 became World IPv6 Day, in which thousands of big sites switched to IPv6, with a dual stack fall-back to IPv4. In this talk, Ian Flint, Architect at Yahoo!, tells the story of how Yahoo geared up and tested for the switch, and what they learned.
Introducing his topic as broadband's ubiquitousness as it applies to telephony, Martin Taylor explores the telephony landscape in the future, as well as the differences between fixed and mobile broadband. He also presents several fundamental elements of phone service, including phone numbers, network applications, and the relationship between the provider and the user; Taylor then explains how these key factors will what providers will successfully grow in the upcoming years.
The number of calling minutes in the world is growing since it was created in 2003, but their shift towards Skype is growing faster. Sten Tamkivi, chief spokesperson for Skype, looks behind this trend, sharing what Skype has learned about simultaneously serving both the most and less developed markets in the world and why this is important. Skype handles one-third of all call minutes, is the only quality video conversation provider with a global footprint and sees increased growth due to video cameras on mobile phones and notebook computers.