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How connectivity is revolutionizing everything

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.

13 Responses to “How connectivity is revolutionizing everything”

  1. Odile Beniflah

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • @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.

  4. Thomas Curtin

    @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…