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To say that the communications era has been revolutionized by the Internet is a pretty big understatement, but there are still areas of communication that need and are getting innovation, like currencies.

One area in particular is Voice and Video over IP. Skype has been a true phenomena growing from when I first used Skype in 2004 with maybe 20,000 users on-line at any one time to 2007 where there are at least 10 million on-line at any one time. The adoption of Skype by hundreds of millions of users in the such a short space of time is nothing short of phenomenal.

The really interesting thing to watch in this space will be to see what happens when Skype finally gets on the mobile phone platform as a fully enabled application by the handset manufacturers. All phone calls can then be routed via the Internet rather than over the carrier's proprietary networks. The phone system will then have gone completely the way of the steam engine and access to the Internet will reign supreme. The next wave is open source GSM and WiFi based phone networks that break the monopoly of the big carriers.

Every machine to have an Internet Connection

We might have passed this tipping point already, but the rush to provide ubiquitous Internet connectivity driven by the phone companies changing business models will usher in an era where every machine will be able to have an Internet connection like the Open Plug concept.

I am not sure where all this will go, but one interesting use is a company I work with that has developed a remote underwater exploration vessel. The Internet allows this machine to be remotely operated anywhere in the world by its operators back at home base, where ever that might be.

This enables the robot submersible to be shipped anywhere in the world at a moments notice via FedEx. The robot is dropped into the ocean at the appropriate location by the FedEx delivery person and the robot goes off to do its task. Once its task complete, it is shipped back to home base via FedEx and the human operators did not have to go anywhere.   

Internet Based Education

The Internet has for the first time in human history brought a tool to mankind that expands our brains ablity to access knowledge.  This is as big a change as the industrial revolution ushering in steam power which freed mankind from the limits of the power of animals alone to augment human kind's pysical power.

The ablity for all people on the planet to have access to all the knowledge that is available to mankind is close at hand. It is unclear where this will take us but human creativity has brought us a long way so far. Only the imagination bounds us to know where leveraging human creativity by augmenting it with computer power connected to all the world's knowlege will take us next, but you know it is science fiction territory.   

Smart Grids

Power company's have a terrible time "balancing demand and supply" as there is no cost effective way to store large amounts of electricity that can be instantly be made available. The power companies have achieved some measure of energy storage using hydro electric dams, pumping water into the dam using low cost, night time power, then running the water back out through turbines to produce electricity during the day. 

Some utilities have a measure of control over some customer appliances through their proprietary communication networks. This ability moves the power company from being mainly reactive to demand surges towards the position of being able to reduce demand by turning Air-Conditioning loads down during peak load times. 

IP for all appliances and an IP enabled power grid would enable the utilities to access all machines on their power network. The beauty of IP enabling all grid connected machines is that the power company can access all machines on their networks and have real time control over electricity demand. They can then reduce demand at peak times to prevent brown outs and spread that power reduction across a huge number of machines, so customers would be unlikely to to even notice the reduced supply.




Artemis - P-Cells - Wireless Spectrum
Coin Base - Clound Based Bitcoins
IP Web Portal
FabFi - WiFi with several mile range
Koos Tech - WhiteFi router
Kymeta - Flat antenna for satellite
Harald Haas - Data via LED lights
Open Plug - Small Data Servers
O3B Networks - Worldwide Internet access
Range Net - OpenBTS Stack for GSM


Open BTS for a low cost GSM system
White Fi - TV Spectrum data transmit
Neul - White Fi equipment
Carlson - Neul White Fi equipment
Vergennes Broad Band uses Carlson
802.22 - Long Range WiFi standard
Inmarsat Global High Speed Data
Twillio - Telecoms in the cloud
Village Telco - Open Source Telephones
Bit Coins - On-line currency
We Consent - Open Health Records

Internet Education

Duolingo - Learn English on-line
Khan Academy - On-line math
Edu 2.0 - The future for Education
Piazza - On-line collaboration
Verbling - Web Based Language tutoring
World Reader - Books for all

Power Transmission

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/wireless-0607.html Witricity
http://www.mit.edu/%7Esoljacic/wireless_power.html Witricity - Marin Soljacic
http://www.splashpower.com Splash Power - Wireless Power

Smart Grids

http://www.americangrid.com American Grid
http://www.amee.com Amee - Smart Grid & CO2 footprint

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