Looking at the WWW usage, one is relatively satisfied that the euphoria of peer to peer file sharing; has now become a much lower percentage of the total use, of the world’s network. Japan and Korea still lead overall usage, with about 1 GB of downloads as compared to .44 for the US, and only .08 for fast growing Africa. We have gone from the lawless days of piracy, and reckless exchange; to more structured delivery, of content as seem “In North America, Netflix and YouTube are the main traffic culprits, according to its twice yearly Global Internet Phenomena Report. Combined, they account for 50.31 percent of the downstream traffic during the peak part of the day. By comparison, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu garnered just 1.61 percent and 1.29 percent, respectively.
From the rising information age, the war for the eyes and minds of its consumers has just begun; and this is not even the first Inning, of a long game. We are embarking on a whole new world of the communication era; from the creation and delivery revolution, that will be able to handle ever larger sets of data, and compute and deliver exact results from a library of terra bytes, that we cannot even imagine today. As the storage, retrieval and delivery of these to the human brain become ever more sophisticated; we will become connected to anything we want in the public realm, whenever we want to. Our preferences and viewing habits; will follow into all media, and our shopping and consumption will be all recorded, and we will be provided with location aware information, wherever we go.
We have come a long way from the days of old; when a walk in the garden, and a quite conversation between two or more companions, constituted the height of information exchange. The grace of gardens and statues and public places to walk around; and just talk to one another, is a fading art. The mountain path, or the meander through a valley and its low hills; is now forgotten, as the countryside is sometime visited, but we never stay engaged. What engages us now; is the spectacle of sports events, where humans compete in evolved forms of the basketball\soccer\football\cricket\baseball\wrestling\racing\gambling\porn watching; into one towards, more created content. This titillates the mind, and has us spellbound in complex relationships; portrayed by professional actors and musicians and cinematographers. The world of fantasy and reality will merge; as we watch the world unfold before our eyes, from the farthest reaches of space, to the tiniest molecules vastly magnified, of our space time continuum.
Evolution will take us into new realms, and consciousness will expand; to fit the new reality. The future generations will enjoy a world of connectivity; that we cannot hope to achieve, in our lifetimes. We have just started the trends, and taken the first steps in this nascent technology. A century or more is not even a blimp in evolutionary time and we can only hope that the future remains kind to the development of us humanoids. We have embarked on a new journey and we will see wonders, which were unknown to us before. As we explore the universe around us, we will find that development has to be shared; and compassion is the way to ensure, we leave no one behind. The world and our organization of it will have to be more democratic so that the peoples wishes and aspirations are fulfilled. We are all in this together and must learn to co-exist and flourish together. From each according to his ability, for each according to his need, may have been the failed Marxist dogma; but there is a relevance in maximizing the maximum benefit from our resources, for the people to enjoy. As we step forward into the new age, our progeny will be faced with many choices; but long as they keep compassion in their hearts, they will not lose their humanity.
The white marble art statue will remain as a memorial to the garden; where mother in laws prospected for proper son in laws, for their daughters, in the gardens of love, created for this purpose in southern california. That is real communication, and all else is unreal.