Sunday, October 30, 2011

OK - we have size, bw, viewing and triggering - now what?

So far all we’ve talked about is searching. But it’s really more than that, isn’t it. Much more.

It’s viewing – in your mind – all the information available on an external screen today. (VFAT)

Video – you could be casually watching a TV show in your mind and also have a split screen to the the video camera you have at your front door, or at your cabin, or at your office.

Or any feed from millions of video cameras connected to the global internet. So you could see anything, anywhere, anytime.

Did you forget the name of the person you’re talking to at a party? Face recognition will tell you their name and their FB page tells you their wife and kid’s names.

You have Augmented Reality. Today with Google Goggles, you look at a building through your smartphone lens and information about the structure will pop up. There are apps that convert Spanish to English. In real time. You would have all of that in your mind now. You look at a building and see blueprints, see the menu items for a restaurant. From a block away. See inside the building if you can find the camera feed.

Read tweets and Facebook posts so you know what people are thinking. Not today’s tweets, but 3rd and 4th generation tweets that will bring everything closer to real time.

So you have access to all mankind’s knowledge, you can be all places at all times, see into the hearts of men, and you’re all knowing as you gaze upon the world – or at least your City block.

Sort of like God.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Viewing and Triggering

Today we have “near eye displays” available today from companies like Sharper Image and Vusix. They look a lot like sunglasses and interface to your iphone wirelessly. They range in price from $150 to $10,000.

The more expensive pairs act like sunglasses but they have a little screen in one corner that displays data from your smartphone.

A bit clunky but Moore’s Law will take care of that in time.

Glasses today, contact lenses tomorrow, somehow tied directly to the optic nerve by the end of the decade.

There you go – you’re constantly connected to the net.

All information recorded by man. Right there in your head.

OK – so you can search based on audio. No doubt voice recognition software will support that in 10 years.

Of course, you don’t want to search based only on external stimulae, ie answering other people’s questions.

You want answers to your own questions.

So you need to trigger a search based on a thought. Your thought.

Not too far fetched, there are technologies today that type based on visual queues and thoughts.

Neuro feedback – or Thought Technology – is about EEG based biofeedback where technology responds to your thoughts, to your brain energy and patterns. Pretty rudimentary today. Designed for people who are paralyzed where they can navigate a computer mouse, to some degree. So let’s assume Moore’s Law makes that easy.

That 10 or 20 years from now you can control the micro with a high degree of granularity just by using your thoughts.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Think about bandwidth - Cisco made headlines in May announcing a next generation router – the CRS 3 - that will revolutionize the internet by increasing downloads to unheard of speeds.

A single fully configured CRS 3 router would

· Download the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in just over one second

· Support a video call for every man, woman and child in China - simultaneously;

OK – so size (discussed on my last post) is essentially zero and bandwidth is essentially infinite.

Off to a good start. On my next post, I'll discuss Viewing.