In a related vein, Adobe's Zoetrope suggests new ways for for manipulating web history, Calis presents an approach for leveraging the semantic web, and IPSO promotes the use of IP for smart objects.
Speaking of new, by now you surely are familiar with Microsoft's Bing, but don't neglect Cuil.
Follow the money is an important mantra for politics, but the same can be said for tech: specifically, see where DARPA is putting some of its research dollars (although, there are skeptics who question the need for new underpinnings for the web).
Still, the web has come a long way, beginning with the rise of the web and on to the first dot com, realizing that it's still highly fraught with peril to predict the future, as seen in this ad from 1997 ("use the internet for sports scores, chatting with women, taxes, football scores, chatting with men about footfall, Egyptian literature, and sending electronic M!"), this news report from 1981, and this highly accurate prediction from 1934. But oh! the brain droppings we have left along the way, from the most memorable Internet memes to the most influential web videos of all time. Still, here be dragons, for much of the content on the web remains unmapped. Tim Berners-Lee observes that we've only just begun, which is particularly understandable if one considers the deep digital divide.
Although a few places will repair your buggy whips (and no, I'm not referring to dysfunctional bondage accoutrements), the web is littered with the detritus of old business models, including those for newspapers, movies, music, and books. Even email, by some, is considered evil.
Still, change happens, and the intertubes of the web are shifting as are the economic models for those series of tubes.
My theory is that this is due to three latent and systemic design flaws in the web, flaws that we could not have known a priori: changing assumptions about the nature of communication (from stateless post and get to streaming video), changing assumptions about the number of addressable devices (who could have imagined cars would be mobile IP nodes?), and a poor separation of concerns between presentation and semantics (which is partly attended to by the protocols of the semantic web). Speaking of those flaws, if you'd like to be sleep soundly tonight, then don't consider this DNS vulnerability or this much needed TCP/IP fix or these issues of identity theft.
Still, innovation marches on, and we now have the the first ethernet switch in space and the beginnings of the Galactic Wide Web. Happily, researchers with lots of time on their hands have also developed, for urban areas, the avian RFC 1149, which supports high delay, low throughput, and low altitude packet transfer. Now, if you think P2P (pigeon to pigeon) protocols are slow, you might consider the capacity and the speed of the web (or you can just test your connection here).
But, if you want to have bragging rights for the absolutely coolest, sexiest data center on the web, you'll have to top this one.
Quote of the day:
Senator Ted Stevens
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