Today’s topic focuses on mobile and internet bandwidth, as yet another precursor to the extended discussion intended on “global mobilization”. Our special guest for today was pulled away at the last moment to advise on other matters, but he will be with us on Wednesday.
This article on arstechnica.com, slightly dated, explores both the challenges and solutions associated with expanding overall bandwidth capacity.
The objective of the Internet.org initiative is, essentially, to make the Internet available to everyone in the world. Presently, an estimated 2.7 billion of the world’s 7.2 billion have regular access, with access increasing at about 9% per year. On the basis of the Rule of 72, this means we can expect Internet accessibility to reach about 5.4 billion in 8 years, and be truly ubiquitous within 12–16 years (relative to population growth). So, 2030? more
Aside from Acts of Nature, big things don’t just happen — they are talked about and planned, months if not years in advance. That is one of the practical lessons that developers can take away from this extended discussion of Nokia X in connection with Opera and Internet.org. The better you and your company are able to work with others, the easier it is for your efforts to achieve “economy of scale”.
Combine this with think tanks and forums for executive level decision making and you come up with ideas — and plans — for what can be called “economies of mega-scale”. That’s in line with the concept of Internet.org. It is also the function of organizations like the Singularity University, established in part by Ray Kurzweil, in collaboration with Google and NASA’s Ames Research Center. Its mission is to “assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges.” With the stated aim of producing “projects that can positively impact a billion people in ten years by leveraging exponentially advancing technologies” (per Wikipedia).
Bridging the Internet/Technology divide has been a goal of the United Nations since at least 1999 where the Internet is concerned. As I referenced Wednesday, the goal of a $100 laptop was represented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT Media Lab in 2005. It is also a hot topic with the WEF this year, too.