Friday, October 04, 2002

Lily Pads and Frogs

My favorite futurist, Nicolas Negroponte, has described a vision of the near future in the current issue of Wired Magazine in which telecommunications and broadband internet access are forever changed in a way that makes access both more widely available and cheaper, using the viral growth of WiFi networks. I have one in my home/office, but I never realized just how revolutionary a device it was, or at least, how revolutionary the effect of the proliferation of this technology will be. While I am no socialist, this appears to be one of those times where the value of what I have will increase by giving it away. In fact, this weekend I will remove the security measures that have barred my neighbors from using my network access. Read the article and see what I mean.