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Blazing fast networks, cheap silicon, always-on devices and a torrent of data will fundamentally change everything — how we consume media, how we work, and even who we are. We examined 10 areas that show how connectivity is profoundly changing the present and future of technology.

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Web: The future web is alive

By Om Malik

A few months ago, when I first encountered turntable.fm, the social music listening service, I was addicted almost instantly. And while I appreciated the social music listening experience of the site, it also helped me see the web in a whole new way: It’s a web that goes beyond websites and pages, and one that doesn’t take into account traditional metrics of measurement.

I called it the Alive Web, though mostly due to lack of a better way of describing it. It’s a web that is organic, alive, in real-time and as unpredictable as the people who use it. This is the web that changes all the time, every time, much like the real world.

What’s behind the alive web? Connectedness! With more than a billion broadband connections and half a billion fast wireless connections, the Internet of today is a whole lot faster and much easier to access. In some parts of the world (and increasingly more each day), we are almost always connected and this gives an opportunity to experience a web that is more immersive and interactive.

In this new alive web, what matters is “attention.” If we are going to be spending time interacting — or collectively listening to music on turntable.fm — we are going to be siphoning it away from other forms of media, be it radio or our digital music libraries. If we are going to spend hours on Google Hangouts talking to family, we are going to be taking our attention away from phones.

Just as social and local became features of almost all popular services, it’s only a time before the Internet becomes alive and more interactive. This will mean a need for more bandwidth, more cloud power and, most importantly, more imaginative software. And if that isn’t enough, the aliveness will change how we access and interact with new services.

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  1. The SmartPhone inside the car will change Telematics and the insurance industry. You can now track driving behavior leveraging your smartphone to provide data about your driving. Usage Based Insurance (UBI) will now be a reality. See http://www.locationlabs.com/#

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  2. Nothing great in the list still you have covered all of them in one place that’s a unique idea. The best thing according to me is Wireless connectivity of PC’s and my iPhone.

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    1. That is only the beginning. The wireless connectivity of your phone with everything in your haouse and your workplace and to pay your bus ticket is nor far ahead.

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  3. @akash agarwal, totally agree on this. thanks!

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  4. @akash agarwal I agree, but why not extend this to other aspects of driving, instead of issuing speeding citations police could just send a standard bill for excessive speeds. We could reduce the cost of policing the roads. Just saying this makes me cringe btw…

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  5. What’s “devalued” in this… the person. You are worth nothing because someone anywhere else can do the same job for a fraction of the money. Your work becomes their work with the push of a button….

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    1. @sdinfoserv, Your comment makes me think of a recent talk I saw from Thomas Friedman. His message: Basically in this connected world people can’t afford to be average anymore, there’s too much competition with people competing for jobs on a global scale.

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  6. took you long enough :-) Holonomy, david bohm, karl pribram… the interconnectenes theory and holonomics, et al, have been waiting for the market to catch up so they (these innately interconnected works from both physics and neuropsych) could be their as guides… For me , I have waited almost 30 yrs for the marketplace.. my own human and hu-sys evolutionary ontology, and associated products born from it – “The EvoReVo!”, EcoMind, OneMind, LeToonz and LeCozmos, and the LeToonz Ah-Ha and Flo (and other) characters-as-variables within the next big shell/OS shift platform, apps and metrics. Thanks for working at punching a whole into the next wave.

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  7. A new startup to add to the list is Favabank @ http://www.favabank.co.uk where a virtual currency supports the sharing of time, skills, items and resources.

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  8. A new startup to add to the list is Favabank @ http://www.favabank.co.uk where a virtual currency supports the sharing of time, skills, items and resources.

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  9. If you’re in the UK and interested in collaborative consumption, check out Ecomodo.com. A marketplace to lend and borrow your everyday goods, skills and spaces with other’s locally and beyond!

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  10. How connectivity is revolutionizing everything http://t.co/zxM8DQbw

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  11. ‎2016년 위치기반 시장 100억달러, 구글 모바일 검색의 40%가 지역검색이라네요 http://t.co/CL6nF7GL #4sqkr

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  12. 2016년 위치기반 시장 100억달러, 구글 모바일 검색의 40%가 지역검색이라네요 http://t.co/CL6nF7GL http://t.co/tnXeEYwF

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  13. How connectivity is revolutionizing everything http://t.co/obaNE7Sc

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  14. For trips that are not too far, carpooling is a great travel option to go anywhere instantly. In Europe, it is very popular: students love it for last minute travel when trains or planes are full or too expensive. Mobile apps give you access to rides anywhere: a great back-up plan when you are stuck at the airport and your flight is cancelled.

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  15. How connectivity is revolutionizing everything http://t.co/ykTPXisQ joli tableau via @learningdrip

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  16. What an incredible collection of digital trends and themes for the year coming. Watch these spaces y’all. http://t.co/MwaODsiX

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  17. PRT @andyhadfield: What an incredible collection of digital trends and themes for the year coming. http://t.co/XCeuULdk

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  18. How connectivity is revolutionizing everything http://t.co/KTNv20hJ

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  19. Connectivity is great but there is a point at which it is time to shut it off. People need down time and there is too much potential to be connected 24 hours a day

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