One Internet, Two Perspectives
This morning I was at Vinnova’s annual conference and got to hear two important perspectives.
The first was by Ericsson CTO, Ulf Ewaldsson. It took 100 years to connect places (telephony), 30 years to connect people (mobile phones) and now we’re into the Internet of Things. Three revolutions, each helping to catalyze the next.
The second was by Li Gong, chairman Mozilla China. the future is very much the Internet of People - because the changes brought by the telephony/internet revolutions become an integral part of our lives, but for most of us on Planet Earth we are still at an early state of change.
That’s two valid sides of the Connected Society. Which one dominates? It depends on who we are and where we live on the planet. If I had to choose one perspective, I’d go for the ‘people’.
I heard Paul Hirschberg give a great presentation on this back in ‘09.
Decades ago, the science-fiction horror movies talked about the ‘rise of the machine’. What actually happened was The Rise of Us.
It’s Us that made this connectivity thing go viral in the first place, whether that’s Facebook or crowdfunding an idea or unbanked people getting SMS money transfer and bypassing the bank…
It’s funny, Peter was actually talking about the Internet of Things but the ‘Us’ part stuck on me. Original video here, bad record quality too bad…
If the Internet of Things helps me connect with people and spend time with them (not less) … then it’s OK with me.