by Pieter Geldenhuys, Technology Strategist & Resident Futurist at Vodacom SA, Vodafone on May 05, 2010
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1. Beyond Cyberspace ...
1. Beyond Cyberspace
The future is here and now. It is all around us, as pervasive as the oxygen we breathe, enabling those in the know with instant communication to the abundant resource of information and interconnection we call the Internet. The Internet is all around us, pervasive, intelligent and invisible, not confined to the narrow boundaries of our mind and experience.
What happens next as we finally start utilizing this ubiquitous new reality as we redefine business models and communication infrastructures? What happens to our jobs, money and ideas of value? How will this new reality change our ideas of banking, retail, intelligent homes, entertainment, and individuality? What will happen when organisations finally realise that the Internet is far more than images on a computer screen, but an invisible environment that will change logistics, broadcasting, retail, personalisation & the very basis of your competitive environment? What will be the reality Beyond CyberSpace?
2. Enter the CyberSphere (the sequel to the Beyond Cyberspace presentation)
Welcome to the Cybersphere, a world where the physical and digital dimensions have become ONE. A world where physical reality is electronic, connected, intelligent and invisible. A world with a continuously evolving relationship between the physical and the digital and a world where everything, and we mean everything, has an internet address and a link to the Internet.
Welcome to a world of abundant bandwidth, storage space and processing power. A world where crumple zones, waiting lines, tickets and walls are all virtual. A world where information is symmetrical, business models have power shifted and humans have become part of the Internet. This is a world where our definition of democracy has returned to its true roots, and where the battle between the sovereign individual and the sovereign state has become a reality.
Imagine a world where the virtual & physical space is morphed into one, where all the electronic technologies, Internet, payment systems, telephones, computing devices, media channels, security systems, digital personal identities and augmented realities all converge into a single seamless system.
When the infrastructure is ubiquitous and operates as a utility, like water or electricity, we will move beyond the current paradigm of cyberspace. What happens when information and knowledge are accessible to all who choose to look? What happens when eBusiness, eHealth and eLiteracy have become an invisible normality? What happens after the Ubiquitous Internet has irreparably changed our very understanding of the world we live in? These are the questions that will be answered in the Era of the CyberSphere.
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