Once, Earth was a geosphere. Then it became a biosphere. Now we are moving to a new sphere – a technosphere. In this technosphere (almost) everything will be equipped with sensors which will be connected to the internet. We are, in effect, building a technical biotope. Sometimes, things can go wrong – we connect everything, but we forget to protect it properly. Then, it’s all over the news. But this is good, as it will help us think, decide, and design better.
Change is in the air. The internet is already here, but the current bandwidth cannot cope if everything gets connected. New technologies will make it possible to connect everything easily, technologies such as:
- 5G – Not simply the successor of 4G. It’s much more than that
- LiFi – Every lamp in your office will become an internet access point
- IoT (internet of things) – Note that there are more sensors connected to the internet than there are people on Earth.
If you combine these technologies with the fact that sensors will get smaller and smaller (I explained in this blog The Cambrian Explosion of Data), the possibilities before us become inconceivable.
Some companies already know that you should be first with these possibilities. Currently, there is a worldwide network of (sea) cables, mostly owned by telcos in joint ventures with other parties. An oligopoly between Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft is near. (I’m missing parts of the world, such as China, here but I can’t find any proper information about cables – land and sea – there.) Google has his own global network of glass fiber cables. If you travel to another continent, the data is moved to the server closest to you. This makes accessing your data easy and quick. Google has invested $300 million to develop this network further. Facebook and Microsoft recently invested $200 million in sea cables to extend their network. Ideally, we should move to a network from nobody for everyone, where ownership should not interfere with the possibility to get access. Net neutrality should ensure that your data stays your own data, and that you decide who has access to it. This gives everyone the best equal chances to develop themselves.
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This blog is part of the “Re-envisage” series.
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