Philosopher and Sociologist Alexander Bard explains how the sudden increase in the use of the internet has drastically changed our way of acting and thinking, in effect designing us as much as we design these internet services.
As a historian, George Dyson focuses on the evolution of computation. In the first half of the 20th century scientists like Alan Turing, who would have been 100 this year, dealt with analog computation which uses continuous data in order to set up a model simulating the behaviour of the original. Gradually, analog computation was replaced by digital and became less important. By dipping into the past, Dyson opens up a new perspective on the present and shows us what the future might look like. These modern technologies are going beyond their digital components. They are more than digital. In this...
In the opening keynote of Next 2012, René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, states that we are in a post-digital world. People are not concerned anymore about how they are connected. We only notice being online through a lack of it. Being digital is no longer sexy, the quality of the user experience is important over all else. Simplicity plays an important role in this context and will be, in addition to security, the next big thing. In his keynote speech Obermann explained why this paradigm shift represents a threat and a great opportunity at the same time.
James Bridle talks about literature and storytelling when everything has become networked, the construction of knowledge and collaborating with robots. Ham, spam, word salad, and what is important in a tent.
What are the desirable qualities in a communication network? Affordability, ubiquity, reliability, privacy, convenience. In the developing world, mobile networks are delivering telephony and broadband where it has never gone before but often at the expense of the above qualities. Village Telco, an Open Source, DIY, telco-in-a-box puts the power of telephone and broadband infrastructure in local hands and offers a complementary alternative network to conventional telecommunications services.