One of the things that worries me about today. Is the reality of home networks. I talk about the impact of home networks on the internet. But today I wanted to talk about the impact of home networks on the users. In particular, the larger the home network, the larger the impact. Let’s talk for a second about devices; There are a lot of things we have in our homes that talk to the intent. This is beyond weather stations; it is your cell phone, computer, tablet, television and potentially your refrigerator. It could be as simple as an alarm clock that syncs with your phone (so you don’t ever have to worry about your alarm clock losing the time. Your cellular phone, is connected to a network, that resets the clocks based on the various global atomic clocks).The services provided by cellular providers (atomic clock etc.) fit well with alarm clocks. But there is so much more. The world of connections is expanding at a rapidly increasing rate. That expansion Many years ago there was a rule for computer processors. Every 18 months (Moore’s law) processors would double in speed. While that rule o thumb is no longer as applicable as it was ten years ago, it is still somewhat applicable int hat processing capabilities continue to expand. The reality of 64-bit computing has come. I suspect 128-bit computing lies ahead, but not far. 64 bit represents a very wide computing pathway for your systems to use. You are now more likely to be bound by the memory and hard drive than you are your processor.
The concept of connection is now critical. Globally more people have cellular phones that have computers. If you lump tablets into cellular phones, that number increases even more. We are a growing connected world. Some pundits call this the information age. I argue that we are on the doorstep of the information age, but not yet that age itself. Too much information lives in the brains and on the hard drives of people that don’t share. Ergo information remains in secure compartments. That reality remains the barrier to the information age. Someday that won’t be the case, and then we will have arrived in the information age! For now, let’s call this the age of communication. Global, local, national and regional communication is now easily possible!