Archive for October, 2007

Ghosts Of Technologies Past – comment

This article “Ghosts Of Technologies Past” from Forbes, made me nostalgic. Thought you’d like to see it.

Broadband Before Its Time

Why not have the service providers divest their outside plant and local switches? Local or regional authorities could regulate them and, perish the thought, really do the job. Let’s say that it is in the national interest and a right for everyone in this country to have universal, nondiscriminatory access to broadband at reasonable rates. Let’s force that broadband utility to use its revenues to provide the broadband facilities we need to flourish as a country, including ubiquitous local wireless access. Let’s close the broadband deployment gap that exists between the U.S. and the rest of the developed world. If this is not a great argument on the basis of economic efficiency, it is certainly a great one for fairness and economic development.

From Peter Bernstein’s column in the 10/8/07 edition of Telephony Broadband before its time

Here’s what I like about his viewpoint in the article.

  • It removes “billions in needless expenses for duplicative plant construction, management and upgrades”
  • It recognizes broadband as a utility
  • It recognizes the economic competitiveness gain for the United States of having “universal, nondiscriminatory access to broadband at reasonable rates”

New World Order for Advertisers and Media Owners

From is a blog post called The Spread: New World Order by John Billett. Below is the opening:

Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on the “New World Order” for advertisers and media owners. What a daunting challenge…..

He writes about Media Owners, Manufacturers, Media Agencies and Consumers and how their roles change.

Future Files

Richard Watson is a futurist writer and speaker and has written a book called “Future Files – A History of the Next 50 Years” . Chapter 1 is downloadable as a PDF and gives a flavor for the book. It actually reads more like Sci-Fi than reality, but I suspect there are some very relevant points and projections made.

The downloadable chapter is compelling enough to buy the book, so I’ll do this and discuss it in another post. For those of you interested in these topics, please grab a copy of the book and read along. I suggest you balance these thoughts with the writings of Ed Barlow and Dr. Lowell Catlett.

I’ll leave you with these quotes from chapter 1 of Future Files:

there’s a trend called too much information (TMI) that has a distant cousin called too much choice (TMC). In a nutshell, mankind is producing too much stuff. The amount of new information we now produce is estimated to be around 2 billion exabytes annually. That’s (very roughly) 2 billion billion bytes or about twenty billion copies of this book.


For the technically minded, doorbells will disappear in favour of proximity indicators. We will constantly know where our friends and family are thanks to the descendents of services like Friendfinder, and we will be able to screen out the unknown and the unfamiliar. This will undoubtedly increase our safety, but it will remove the element of surprise from our lives.

Amazon’s recommendation software already removes chance encounters with totally unrelated books. Other types of software could do the same with people in the future. This is bad news for society and especially bad news for new ideas, which thrive on social interaction, cross-fertilisation, and serendipity. We will therefore meet more people like ourselves in the future and be protected from people and ideas that are strange or unfamiliar. This is hardly a recipe for global harmony and understanding.


Those of us who have been involved in technology startups in the past will appreciate the following blog post from Paul Graham: The Future of Web Startups

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