For me some defining characteristics of social computing (or web 2.0 as some call it) have been (a) democratization of the process of creation, enabling user generated content; and (b) mashing up of different applications and media to create something new.
These characteristics are likely to remain part of the next generation of the web. All of the new technology trends discussed in this series of posts together with a myriad of others will work together, intersecting and cross-enabling each other. They will work together to create ways of being and behaving that we can only dimly understand in much the same way that our predecessors could only dimly understand the revolution inherent in the creation of the internet.
One thing is certain, with so many smart and well motivated people who are working with technology to solve the problems facing our world we will see many innovations.
Imagining Technology Futures - part 1
Imagining Technology Futures - part 2
Imagining Technology Futures - part 3
Imagining Technology Futures - part 4
Imagining Technology Futures - part 5
Imagining Technology Futures - part 6
By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire
Optus this week claimed the 3G mobile outages it had been suffering were normal and every telecommunications carrier would be having similar issues.
"There have been a few incidents — which is actually quite normal for any operator and any vendor — that the new software loads under some conditions or locations don't behave the way you expect them to, despite having done very extensive testing before you bring them into the network," Andrew Buay, Optus managing director of products and delivery told ZDNet.com.au this week.
"It's quite normal," he added.
He said there had been a lot of negative media recently on whether Optus had a reliable wireless broadband network and the level of congestion on the network, but he believed that the media had fed on itself, making a big issue out of something every carrier experienced.
"I suppose mainly because we have been in the limelight, every little thing that does happen gets a lot more visibility, but you know it does happen with every operator and network in various sizes and frequencies," he said.