TECH TALK: Tomorrow’s World: Happenings (Part 3)

Here are some more snippets which give a glimpse of tomorrows world:

The Seattle Times wrote about Yahoos plans to create original broadband content to be delivered via the Internet: People familiar with the discussions say Yahoo! is pressing entertainment-industry producers and talent agents to start pitching new shows and short films that the Internet giant could license for viewing online. No longer satisfied to simply repackage film trailers and TV clips, some Yahoo! executives believe the surge in broadband connections means the Internet may finally be ready to operate more like a television network, these people said. The business model is unclear, but Yahoo! is considering advertising and subscription fees to cover the cost of the programs, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Russell Beattie wrote about Commuicontent: Communicontent to me, is a byproduct of communication where traditional content is magically created. As a corollary, the forms of communication that can best be expressed as content almost naturally become communicontent. See this weblog? This is communicontent. I used to drive my friends on mailing lists crazy by writing all these long, in-depth emails. Now I just write all the same thoughts in my weblog instead. The only difference is that the viewers aren’t restricted. I’m still just communicating my personal thoughts. It’s communication, but because it’s been captured in a fixed state to be found later, it’s also content.

Nokia’s enterprise solutions manager Mary McDowell was quoted in Barrons: “In 2008 and 2009, the Internet Protocol will be used everywhere, and that will be a key enabler of new services. At the moment, we are still a cellular communications-centric company. In five year’s time, we will be a mobility-centric company.

Fortune wrote in a recent issue (December 6, 2004) about WiMax in Argentina: Millicom Argentina says it is planning to roll out a WiMax-like service late this year that will cover one-fifth of Argentinas population by the end of 2005. The service will give businesses and residents high-speed Internet access for everything from Web browsing to video-conferencing to telephone calls. Note: we are talking Argentina, not America!

The Economist wrote recently that the growth potential is wowing the stockmarket: Expectations are now sky-high for the two companies. Will satellite radio grow at the expense of terrestrial radio in the same way that cable and satellite television have won viewers from the broadcast networks? Sirius and XM Radio have a combined market value of roughly $15 billion. But they together made a loss of $900m or so last year, and are not expected to break even until 2007-09. The five largest pure terrestrial radio firms, by comparison, made profits of around $200m yet have a combined market capitalisation of $8 billion.

Carly Fiorina of HP wrote in The Economists The World In 2005: A funny thing happened on the way to 2005: the digital revolution actually became real. Walk around any city or town and what do you see? You see young people text messaging; commuters jamming to their iPods; friends snapping photos on their camera phones. Look a bit further and you see doctors decisions aided by patient information called up on hand-held devices; teachers using wireless technology as tools; parents printing photos on cordless printers before leaving their childrens football games. Look further still and you see executives going digital and cutting billions of dollars out of supply chains. And if you go to Africa or India, you may even see wireless devices providing opportunity in communities that dont even have electricity. Its a revolution in any sense of the word. But I have another name for it: a warm-up act. We are entering an era where everything is going digital. Its going to be the main event of our lives for decades to come.

There is little doubt that change is coming to us from multiple sides. And we need to look no further than whats happened in India in the past few years.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.