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Want to see the connected future? Check out this video.

We’re big believers in a connected world enabled by ubiquitous broadband here at GigaOM. That’s why when the folks at telecom gear maker Ericsson (S eric) asked if we wanted to see a new video about the future of a connected society, we said yes. We figured you guys would enjoy it too.

Created on Ericsson’s behalf and entitled On The Brink, the video features interviews from Caterina Fake, co-founder of Hunch and Flickr, Erik Wahlforss co-founder of SoundCloud and others discussing the effect of broadband on society. It’s kind of like a 20-minute version of our RoadMap conference next week, where we have other big name thinkers talking about the same topic. The 20-minute documentary looks at the past, present and future of connectivity and technology, and the impacts on people, business and society.

“We are the last generation that grew up in a dumb society where things were stupid … and uninteresting,” Ola Ahlvarsson, CEO of Keynote Systems says in the video. And he’s right. As the video explores what might happen if Facebook applied for a banking license and what happens when the web talks back, I found myself feeling like the old guy who came of age when cars were just beginning to replace horses. The world is changing, and we are at the very beginning of it. Check it out.

5 Responses to “Want to see the connected future? Check out this video.”

  1. Chris Conder

    All amazing, the future is coming. But it isn’t here yet. The infrastructure in Britain means a third of us can’t do all this wonderful stuff.. just sayin.

  2. “We are the last generation that grew up in a dumb society where things were stupid … and uninteresting.” What a dumb, stupid, and uninteresting statement. Narrow hubris.

  3. Well done! I would also add that buildings in the near future will be off the grid completely, generating their own power from photovoltaic walls and roofs. The US is a leader in this area and many commercial buildings and manufacturers (like Focus Materials) are already run 100% from the sun. People still believe it’s not possible, weird! Many retail centers and malls are being converted as we speak to be off the grid, and soon cars will use NO gas (not like hybrids which under perform). The cars made by Tesla and the new Leaf are excellent examples of this and we should all embrace these companies who are trying to make a difference in a sometimes stubborn world in which people desperately hold on to old ideas- like burning up massive amounts of thick oil to produce power. Anyway, good luck to us all in our quest to become more advanced humans! Hopefully we won’t make it take too long! ;P