Unless you’ve severed yourself totally from civilization, you will notice that our world is very connected. The highways of information that span the entire globe make this place ever so much smaller. While it is not by any measure a perfect network (many inhabited areas still have spotty or nonexistent connectivity to the internet), we are headed in that direction.
Innovations in telecommunications technology have by no means slowed down, either. We are still finding even more ways to remotely interact with one another, sometimes at the cost of actual face-to-face communications. To some, this might be a hint to refocus our energies on other areas of human knowledge and technology that still need improvement. With all the applications, programs, websites, and gadgets that enable them, are we thrusting our online presence too closely towards each other?
I think the technology still has a ways to go, and what we have now is great, but I think it can be made even better. Allow me to be the speculative futurist and tell you of technological visions that may already have been created or on its way to actualization.
Massive Data Transmission
At the core of all telecommunications is the idea of data being transmitted from one point to another. The speed, reliability, and precision of our technology already allow us to do feats unimaginable to people in the past. Our current global communication infrastructure can move massive amounts of data: estimates have it that nearly 1 exabyte (that’s times ten …Read More