Is the Internet An Unfinished Demo

These are the kinds of reads that I like on Sundays (a day I set aside to read deeper and find those thoughts which are challenging). This was found on Saturday, but still fits my flow. Am hoping that my second and third reads push my md even further.

The aim of this paper is to look at the deficiencies of the current Internet architecture, consider a deeper understanding on why the current architecture is failing to provide solutions and contrast the traditional beliefs on networking with new ones, coming from a network architecture based on the fundamentals. First, we briefly introduce the early history of packet-switched networking to provide the reader with background for the discussion that follows. We highlight the main issues that the current Internet faces and expose the architectural decisions that lead to these problems. Next, we present RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture), a network architecture based on fundamentals among which is that networking is interprocess communication and only IPC. We show the fundamental principles from which RINA is derived, the core elements of the architecture and give a simple example of communication. The adoption of RINA as the architecture for the future networks would enable enhanced security, inherent support for quality of service, mobility, multi-homing, offer new market opportunities and decrease the complexity of the current technology by an order of magnitude.

Is the Internet An Unfinished Demo (PDF), via @martingeddis on Twitter

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Enjoying CoM 273 at Tego Interactive

Always a delight seeing the weekly Carnival of the Mobilists, a collection of mobile-focused writings around the web usually including insight, interviews, and perspectives that sometimes are missed in more mainstream conversations. This week, the 273rd CoM is being hosted at Tego Interactive, and probably is a bit more the mosaic of mobile than in times past. Having already dug into a few of these, I can say that you will definitely be challenged to think more holistically about mobile, and perhaps add your perspective to the voices.

Check out the Carnival of the Mobilists at Tego Interactive.

Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit

“…That last word—simulate—is key. The technologies that have advanced since the seventies are mainly either medical technologies or information technologies—largely, technologies of simulation. They are technologies of what Jean Baudrillard and Umberto Eco called the “hyper-real,” the ability to make imitations that are more realistic than originals. The postmodern sensibility, the feeling that we had somehow broken into an unprecedented new historical period in which we understood that there is nothing new; that grand historical narratives of progress and liberation were meaningless; that everything now was simulation, ironic repetition, fragmentation, and pastiche—all this makes sense in a technological environment in which the only breakthroughs were those that made it easier to create, transfer, and rearrange virtual projections of things that either already existed, or, we came to realize, never would. Surely, if we were vacationing in geodesic domes on Mars or toting about pocket-size nuclear fusion plants or telekinetic mind-reading devices no one would ever have been talking like this. The postmodern moment was a desperate way to take what could otherwise only be felt as a bitter disappointment and to dress it up as something epochal, exciting, and new…”

http://www.thebaffler.com/past/of_flying_cars/

Am not even through this (long piece) and its right. Besides inventing my future, I also need to call to t carpet those before who never moved forward towards what was dreamt, or what their actions prevented.

When ifttt Meets Mobile You Get on{X}

Found this late in the night when I should have been letting my body stay with the east coast time zone. Pretty neat actually, its basically ifttt being grafted onto a mobile device directly. The beta project is called on{X} and is essentially a means of automating actions on your smartphone using recipies. This is the kind og smartness that mobiles need to have by default right now.

Now, Microsoft, put this out there for every Windows Phone device you’ve ever made. Making this Android-only speaks to something too easy about doing this for Android that should be much easier for your people to do with Windows Phone, IE, web workers, etc. Otherwise, this is very nice. ifttt – you didn’t go mobile first, now you must respond.

Reading Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together, My Smartphone is A Near-Robot

While on my way to the Biola Digital Ministry Conference, I finally started reading Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. So far, am finding it more or less a perspective on technology and relationships that sits nearer to my generation and modes of thinking that many other reads. A few things got to me as I read thru the many chapers on robots and our associations to them. In a fair amount of respects, what I’ve been wanting from my smarpthone/PDA/feature phone/calculator has been for it to be a robot. This opened a door I wasn’t expecting. Continue reading “Reading Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together, My Smartphone is A Near-Robot”