Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

The future of society – it is going to be wherever you are and it will follow you around – is mobile

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

We long for an integrated, hasslefree life, one where things have fallen into place, where constant things function well, where we can do what we want when we want to.

Moving into the realm of technology we see an uncluttered world, no wires or cables or plugs, fine security, satisfactory privacy. Huge offerings of all kinds.

The social networks will be important, to be found everywhere, very different from today, lots of new functions, many participants trying to pull you into their garden, which often is a walled garden.

You will live a place-independent life – everything will be available where you are. You can use all your devices to access content, software, buy hardware, find information. You can create a life of your own choosing, pick the level of engagement you want.

Companies are trying to develop and perfect such a world, and it is all going to be placed in the cloud. Everything will be huge and availability will be formidable. Search is automatic, just utter some words and the systems will find it for you, even do it for you. You will be found too – wherever you are  you will be found so that you can consume the offerings you have decided to use: hardware, software, contents, games, services, whatever.

You will be able to plan, see what was done, as the Timeline or similar will assist you. There will be a fusion of private life and commerce, business will get very near you, a sort of symbiosis maybe.

In a short span of time we have seen smartphones, tablets, pads, computers, TV, cameras, game consoles becoming ubiquitous and better and better. We are now approaching a situation of living a mobile life – you can find it and use  it wherever you are. And this is just the beginning. All types of equipment will be integrated, connected, availability will be common, everybody will take part.

So a meeting of producers and consumers will yield business opportunities on a grand scale. Unit prices are going down, most people can afford participation, it will become huge.

It is about universal access, and it is of course all about making money on equipment, content, services, software, hardware, systems.

The players at the top of the chain at the moment seem to be Amazon, Apple, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, TV stations and others may step forward. They are all different now, all do bits of it now, but a kind of convergence will be seen.

The big challenge is who will be best at monetizing this new system that is being built – advertising, content, sales of hardware and software. New systems like Siri from Apple will soon have many competitors, the development of new equipment, new interfaces, better integration based on digital wireless devices penetrating all areas of our lives. Mobile advertising will soon hit you in new ways. Artificial intelligence will emerge.

The new technology of holographics, 4g, faster nets, new developments we have not yet thought of will come. Strengthening the internet of companies, bureaucracies, homes, public places so that SIRI and her friends will work well is maybe the biggest task ahead.

It will all influence our lives and most of what we do, communication, participation will increase. New concepts will be developed and old ones like  TV-stations will fold or dramatically change. New infrastructures are in the making.

This is about the future of our societies, of business, of our culture as it will change things profoundly and make all sort of things possible. It is not mainly about equipment, it is about technical changes changing society.

Gradually everything will be truly mobile. The chase is on, and the changes will be big, and it will be fun.

Cloud computing

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Computing clouds are very large concentrations of computing power and storage. This concept will be the new force in developments in the neat future.

Software will increasingly come as a service through a browser. Microsoft, Google a.o. are already competing in this arena. People will also keep the “old” ways of doing things. We thus get software plus services. Data will be where users prefer.

Many devices will be used to reach the net which becomes a hub. Around this you have some worldscale major applications/platforms and many smaller applications written by independent developers. Users will also want to use their devices off the internet.

All your devices must be integrated – with automatic synchronization of important files. Independent developers will be offered tools to produce the new offerings.

The cloud will be based on open standards in the open-source community.

Microsoft wants to create a new “Windows in the cloud” (?). Health Vault from MSC with medical data can connect to monitoring devices. New applications for consumers and institutions including education will be forthcoming. Mailboxes will be online, as well as standard wordprocessors, spreadsheets etc.

The big question: How will the software industry develop? Where will we find the “hip”companies? Very soon all devices will be internet embedded!

Google launches its new  Chrome browser in an attack on Microsoft. Chrome is also in effect an operating system running on the web or cloud. Google´s business is now search, ads and apps. Chrome source code is free.

Oct. 2008: Microsoft unveiled a version of its Windows operating system that is designed to run over the internet, marking a milestone in the company’s attempt to reposition its core software business around the web.

Windows Azure signals a potentially disruptive shift to make money from internet-based computing through subscriptions and advertising.

The software is intended to support a new web-based software infrastructure on which mass-market services could be built and deployed, making it far more ambitious than earlier generations of centralised computing.

31. October 2008: How much of software will migrate to the cloud – we will probably have a mix of the old and new regimes.

Increasingly devices will upload stuff from the net, and web pages are pieces of software that are executed in the browser. There will also be widgets living on the device. Platforms for consumers and business will emerge.

Netbooks, wireless devices will be important for the cloud.   We will see an informationcentric world with an established body of data that will follow people through life. The data will be   available from the net, device neutral,  and virtualisation allows access from anywhere.

The cloud will gather information as well, also from sensors and tags, that we´ll see all around us.

Who will be the cloud providers: Amazon, Google, cisco, EMC, VMWare?

Do   we need a Cloud Computing Consortium and Open Social Consortium?

Companies will be smaller and more agile, buying packages of services, don´t do it yourself!

Mobile devices will become virtualized as well

Lets move it all to the web!