Thursday, March 09, 2006

WiFi, Power and Water

From a BBC article, people think that greater access to wireless connectivity is going to have a dramatic social impact.

From the article:

"Dr Jo Twist, senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, said once the net was ubiquitous like power and water, it had the potential to be "transformative".

The divide that separates people from their online lives will utterly disappear. Instead of leaving behind all those net-based friends and activities when you walk out of your front door, you will be able to take them with you.

"If we have a ubiquitous, cheap or free wireless network that our portable and mobile devices can access, therefore skipping the need for a pricey PC, then that could be incredibly empowering for lots of people," she said.

"When chips, sensors, and wireless devices mesh together, there may be some unintended consequences," said Dr Twist."

"The street finds its own use for things."

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