How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids
Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world. They’ll grow up thinking about the internet with the same nonchalance that I hold toward my toaster and teakettle.
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In 2014 the next billion will access the mobile internet—at $20 a handset
For the first time ever, in 2013 smartphones outsold feature phones, and the dean of Silicon Valley tech investing, Marc Andreessen, says that within three years you simply won’t be able to buy a non-smartphone. But what proportion of phones in use right now are smartphones?
Less than half, is the answer, and it will be that way for at least 2-3 more years. In November 2013, Ericsson, the venerable Swedish maker of the infrastructure that supports cell phone networks, released a report suggesting we won’t exceed 3.5 billion smartphone subscriptions until 2016. The total number of mobile subscriptions, however, will exceed 7 billion by 2014, according to the International Telecommunications Union.
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Hmmm… I started fiddling with Internet technologies (UNIX and TCP/IP) at university in maybe 1986, started to work and spread it to Volvo in 1988, started the first web server at Volvo i april 1994 and initiated the work that resulted in volvo.com in 1995. It has been an interesting journey!
It doesn’t have to be.
In the 1990s, the venture capitalist John Doerr famously predicted that the Internet would lead to the “the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet.” Indeed, the Internet has created a…
This is a really interesting angle considering how the resistance to as well as regulation and transformation of Internet will develop in the future.
What if the poetic has left the poem in the same way that Elvis has left the building? Long after the limo pulled away, the audience was still in the arena screaming for more, but poetry escaped out the backdoor and onto the Internet, where it is taking on new forms that look nothing like poetry.
I think this is a beautiful and poetic way of saying something profound. So beautiful that I will steal the form and transplant it to another context where I believe a similar relation exists.
What if the real value creation in society has left the traditional companies in the same way that Elvis has left the building? Long after the limo pulled away, the audience was still in the arena screaming for more, but real value creation escaped out the backdoor and down the digital highway, where it is taking on new forms that look nothing like that kind of value creation we used to know.
- Over 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook
- More than 2 billion search queries are performed on Twitter
- 172,800 new users signed up to LinkedIn
- 432,000 Vine videos are shared on Twitter
- One billion Likes are generated on Instagram
- 210 billion emails are sent and received – and 80 percent of them are spam.
“The Most Detailed Picture of the Internet Ever”
*Hacker who pulled it off brags in detail about his technique, dabbles in dazzling infoviz: