Sometimes I feel as if we’re denying ourselves from moving forward even though we can as to how we should use our advance technology. Give you a little hint, more ISPs are going to go the route where they all can cap your data usage. Why is that a bad thing? First, it’s stemming our innovations in the area where it’s requiring the Internet to be more connected. Just imagine this whacky situation, a little far fetched scenario, but it’s exactly the point of how we may be able to move forward instead of backward — in our near future, just a decade more or so, our social network is not going to be projected in 2D but 3D. Something this exotic comes to mind, holographic social network projection anyone?
What is holographic social network projection? I don’t even know has anyone dare to dabble with this idea yet, but in my head I think it’s an awesome possibility of how our social networking and networks could be in the near future. Imagine this, logging onto a social network isn’t about firing up a traditional laptop or a computer, but it’s about firing up a holographic computer where you can begin a social conversation with a whole group of people through holograms. Holographic technology can project 2D materials in 3D holographic planes, therefore everything will of course be manipulated as if real objects — although texts will still be texts. Obviously, 3D holographic technology can project a person hologram in detail. Startrek anyone? Group conference using Facebook but in 3D holograms? Facebook may have to encourage you to buy 3D holographic computer then, and to pay a lot more for bandwidth unless ISPs decide to allow unlimited data usage, once again.
I think if we are moving in the direction where Internet isn’t central, but obstructive rules and regulations and means that big companies such as big ISPs impose on how people should use Internet may be collectively the biggest obstacle for innovations pertain to Internet to move forward and blossom. Curbing bandwidth is like telling we don’t care about how far we can push the Internet technology, but we only care how far we can monopolize and properly maximize the commoditization of the Internet. Obviously, sometimes disruptive technology will face push back by big corporations since investors’ interests are more aligned with the corporations than the users themselves. In reality, I think such assessment is short sighted, because when corporations align their interests with customers, in the long run the corporations may be even more profitable and in turn the investors will also be very profitable. Have you ever heard the phrase, the customer is king? How about the customer is always right?
Anyhow, this post is one of my rants on the saga of how backward we can be in term of screwing up future innovations when innovating isn’t at heart. And yes, social networks will be very different and on a much more advance-awesomeness level if Facebook and other social network players dare to go beyond the norms. Taking a possibility of using holograms for an example! Unfortunately, I don’t see such advancements can go forward or begin to take shape when bandwidth is always the issue! If such advancements may go forward, I doubt it will be as awesome as I wish it could be since how awesome it will be when bandwidth is always the issue? What do you think?