Publicsphere 1 - High Bandwidth for Australia - The Unexplored Country

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What opportunities and innovations will result from high bandwidth (100Mbit plus) internet connections?
The most useful services have most likely not yet been conceived.

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Publicsphere 1 - High Bandwidth for Australia - The Unexplored Country

  1. 1. The unexplored country Public Sphere #1 – High Bandwidth for Australia Craig Thomler T: @craigthomler E: [email_address] W: http://egovau.blogspot.com 7 May 2009
  2. 2. "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work. 1232 First rockets in war 1981 First shuttle flight
  3. 3. 1876 First phone call 2008 iPhone released "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, 1876
  4. 4. 1946 ENIAC computer 2006 XO laptop for kids “ I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 “ Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
  5. 5. Crystal Ball 3D computer control device – MIT Electronic Systems Laboratory display console, 1963 The future?
  6. 6. We don't know What will be the new applications, services and changes (social, political and economic) resulting from a high speed broadband network? <ul><li>Data – integrated access to public data
  7. 7. Media – video/audio programs on demand
  8. 8. Tourism – photo-realistic virtual worlds
  9. 9. Medicine – specialists available anywhere
  10. 10. Computation – cloud computing
  11. 11. Communications – telepresence </li></ul>
  12. 12. Data possibilities... <ul><li>Real-time machine readable public data
  13. 13. Available for public/commercial mash-ups and integration into government & corporate systems
  14. 14. Fully integrated with standards-based geocoding (state/electorate/suburb/etc)
  15. 15. 3D real-time mapping </li></ul>Why? <ul><li>Geospatial economic benefits $6-$12 billion (ASIBA 2007)
  16. 16. Innovation leading to new social insights and services
  17. 17. Improved environmental understanding and management </li></ul>
  18. 18. So who's right? “ Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872 “ Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895 “ The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio, 1920s “ Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927 “ But what ... is it good for?” Engineer at IBM on the microchip, 1968 … only 17.6% predicted the faster connection speeds were “likely to generate new products and services”. Australian Industry Group survey of 526 Australian CEOs regarding high speed broadband – The Big Chair, 22 October 2008
  19. 19. So who's right? “ Virtually nothing has been invented yet. We're just starting...” Woody Norris, Inventor www.ted.com/index.php/talks/woody_norris_invents_amazing_things.html
  20. 20. Questions Craig Thomler T: @craigthomler E: [email_address] W: http://egovau.blogspot.com
  21. 21. Credits <ul><li>Blue sky – http://wallpaperblog.wordpress.com
  22. 22. Chinese rocket – www.nasa.gov
  23. 23. Space Shuttle – www.nasa.gov
  24. 24. Phone call – &quot;Alexander Graham Bell Speaking on the Phone, 1892.&quot; 1892. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
  25. 25. IPhone – www.apple.com
  26. 26. ENIAC computer – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC
  27. 27. XO laptop – www.laptop.org
  28. 28. Crystal ball – Image courtesy of Computer History Museum. www.computerhistory.org
  29. 29. Fibre-optic cables – www.uniquefibresolutions.ca
  30. 30. Arrow slit – www.travel-images.com
  31. 31. Globe – www.ngdc.noaa.gov </li></ul>

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