The Unevenly Distributed Future

VentureBlog: Ubiquity Breeds Utility

Naval Ravikant visits the Dartmouth campus for the Unleashed Conference, and thanks to the ubiquitous wireless computing there, sees the clear outlines of our near future. Of his observations, my favorites:

  • Instant Messenger for voice will emerge [and will eventually be packaged in a hearing-aid sized device]
  • Voice is just an app ["The phone companies will suffer mightily."]
  • Un-terminated [many -- perhaps most -- wireless access points can do without a landline uplink]
  • Bandwidth matters! [people find uses to fill all the local wireless bandwidth -- including file sharing -- despite slower landline uplinks to the outside internet]

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