“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised“, Gil Scott-Heron sang to my generation in 1970. According to internet pioneer and Google Veep, Vint Cerf, a contemporary of Heron’s, it’ll be on internet and cellphone and it’s already under way.
“We’re nearing the tipping point for mobile computing to deliver timely, geographically and socially relevant information. Researchers in Japan recently proposed using data from vehicles’ windscreen wipers and embedded GPS receivers to track the movement of weather systems through towns and cities with a precision never before possible. It may seem academic, but understanding the way severe weather, such as a typhoon, moves through a city could save lives. Further exploration can shed light on demographic, intellectual and epidemiological phenomena, to name just a few areas.”
The internet has revolutionized the way we work and communicate. If Cerf is right, that revolution is about to go global and become so pervasive as to change the fabric of people’s lives all over the world in a way that can only be matched by modern sanitation, drugs and perhaps radio.