Episode 07: On the Go (1:16:44)
In an earlier episode, we briefly described “Web 3.0″ and the thing everyone is talking about is mobile computing and ubiquitous sensor driven applications. Those might seem like buzzwords, but consider the developing world, where folks main computing device is the cell phone. They don’t have big expensive laptops and broadband connections, so their platform of the future will be mobile. I mean honestly if you listen to CED and other technology discussions, all you hear is “social” and “mobile”. Today, we’ll get into that world a bit.
The advent of the smart phone/tablet device/wearable computer can be attributed directly to always-on wide area network service, namely cellular service and modern 3G and 4G service. Because of the ability to connect to the cloud no matter where you are, there is a reduced need for high power processing and massive data storage; so you can do pretty complex things on a simpler device, namely a cell phone.
One interesting result of mobile computing is location awareness. While privacy should always be a concern, location awareness can provide context to searches and to ubiquitous sensor networks. Coupled with social graphs, this could be a powerful, and exciting new way for technology to be specifically personalized to us.
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