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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Internet 0: Past, Present, and Future

MIT is presenting a series of thoughtful presentations from a set of experts about the Internet -The Past Internet - The Present, Internet -The Future . There is unanimity that the Internet shall be as persuasive. The implications in every aspect of life that internet shall bring forth is mind boggling. For example, if we take the construction industry & smart homes - inestimable opportunties exist for advancements.As Scientific American points out,in Barcelona about a century ago, Antoni Gaudí pioneered a fluid building style that seamlessly integrated visual and structural design. The expressive curves of his buildings were not just ornamental facades but also integral parts of the load-bearing structure. Unfortunately, a similar unification has yet to happen for the electronic infrastructure in a building. Switches, sockets and thermostats are grafted on as afterthoughts to the architecture, with functions fixed by buried wiring. Appliances and computers arrive as after-the-fact intrusions. Almost nothing talks to anything else, as evidenced by the number of devices in a typical house or office with differing opinions as to the time of day.These inconveniences have surprisingly broad implications for construction economics, energy efficiency, architectural expression and, ultimately, quality of life. In the U.S., building buildings is a $1-trillion industry. Of that, billions are spent annually on drawing wiring diagrams, then following, fixing and revising them. Over the years, countless "smart home" projects have sought to find new applications for intelligent building infrastructure--neglecting the enormous existing demand for facilities that can be programmed by their occupants rather than requiring contractors to fix their functionality in advance.Almost all other industries shall have similar big-bang effects on account of the Internet.
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