The cutting-edge, so denoted because well, if you wander it and are not careful, you get cut. Named I suspect not by someone who lived on that edge, rather someone who at best knew the edge was there. It is not an edge you would normally consider, but it is an important edge for people like me. Funny, one of the technologies I watch very carefully is called the Internet of Things (or IoT) and the big movement in the IoT world today, is the implementation of the edge technologies. The argument had in the IoT/Edge space is a long time data argument. Where should you have the processing about the user and the data the user is seeking. Some things require processing right at the data collection. Some do not, balancing that is a critical part of the new IoT/Edge world.
I have over the years taken many of those technology journeys (from the internet to things, to the Internet of things to edge). In fact, I was thinking about sharing one now, that remains interesting. There was a time when what we call Wi-Fi wasn’t that prevalent. There were wireless dongles and cards you could use, but the reality was they weren’t digital, and they were not fast. Analog connections are in the modem speeds (56.6 being around the best you could ever get), The rise of Cable modems and DSL lines, allowed more bandwidth to the home. But in the home, there were older and slower systems. That evolution now allows you to have 30, 40 devices connected in your home most of the time.
The world of the project has taken an interesting path as well. The introduction of Pico projects made the projector small enough (but weak) to share your screen anywhere. But five, six and even seven years ago Pico projects were weak and way underpowered. Now, they can quickly book operate without a phone or computer attached and project in 4k. Amazing how that little technology pathy continues to evolve. There are many more short and long technologies I’ve followed, as the market has. The goal of today was not to talk about the rabbit holes themselves, rather remind people that it is ok to be an early adopter, a late adopter and even a non-adopter of anything. If you don’t think you need it, you probably don’t!