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Saturday, June 26, 2004

"Peer-to-peer is key" says Nicholas Negroponte via Bweek

Peer-to-peer is key,in every form conceivable: cell phones without towers, sharing leftover food, bartering, etc. Furthermore, you will see micro-wireless networks, where everyday devices become routers of messages that have nothing to do with themselves. Nature is pretty good at networks, self-organizing systems. By contrast, social systems are top-down and hierarchical, from which we draw the basic assumption that organization and order can only come from centralism.Some negrponte talk in the interview include, "innovation comes from those who stand to lose the least from it.Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities. Government labs are shrinking (in the U.S., at least). Big companies are looking closer term, and even the most technological companies spend less than 1% of sales on research. Startups have suffered the burst bubble.Asia is already gaining great strength in the wireless industry, and the Asians dominate consumer electronics. As computing makes its way into the living room, Asian companies willwin there too.Kids five years from now will know Samsung as the premier consumer-electronics company". Overall, a very interesting interview with a very impressive personality on a very exciting theme - must read for all business and technology enthusiasts.

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