Wednesday 16 April 2008

AG08 keynote speaker John Patrick: the future of the Internet

(my own thoughts - if any - in itallics)

info on John Patrick

Up until now only 5% is being used of the Internet; and the Internet is about PEOPLE.

Digital music if the music managers would have listened to technologists, the music industry would have had no discussion about legally sharing music. The same thing will happen to all the other industries.

Local is the thing to look at on the internet now: it is both global and local.

In theory you can have one device that does everything, but what we see is divergence, more diversification of devices (mentions Amazon Kinddle).

power of the people, end-to-end, the power of the click (gives example of eBay that thought of everything insurrance etcetera look at vlog bit)

The website is for the learner/the client, it is here to empower the user (which ever role they have) => it is an ATTITUDE.

The net is never offline... ex-pats live global, so systems must be AVAILABLE at all times.

The compliance officer are the ones that have to open up: challenge them: what is the security problem EXACTLY, tell them you NEED this. The burden of prove needs to shift.

Killer app of the Internet: email remains the killer app. SMTP is the killer app. (I would think it is the search engine that is the killer app and I heard others say the same) Yet most emails stay unanswered by companies, that must change. (example of a company that replied that they could not reply through email - those companies will not make it in the future).
What about companies that ask you hundreds of questions before you can reach the information you need? What about incompliance on any digital level towards customers.

Spam: I get a lot of spam (82%) so I use a challenge response authentication, which allows human intelligent filtering.
From a personal point of view mechanical spamfilters work against a good communications flow. Read John Patrick's book for more examples.

Gives health care examples, because this is still old school (in US).

the internet goes lifelong learning, it is no longer about kids... its about all of us that want to learn and stay updated. Learning how to learn is getting increasingly important. Libraries are great places to collaborate, learn new digital learning.

So the conclusion is, that the internet is a HUGE opportunity for all of us and our companies or educational institutions.

A comment on the bubble. It was not a pretty picture: technology version of what is happening in economic and housing sector today. Nowadays entrepreneurs are much more savvy, so people are smarter.

the FUTURE (see vlog)
major carriers are the biggest threat to our digital growth. so deregulate broadband.
other challenge: power supply and can the backbone carry it?
Everything is connected to the internet and in a lot of cases firewalled. If you have the cash you can do everything at home while you are somewhere around the world (give people access to your home, access the dryer, ...). It can be as secure as you want it to be.

wifi and wimax: gives a small description of both. And mentions cantenna wifi-antenna (look it up)

Where is the internet: the internet should be where we are: with a mobile device the internet is everywhere. The mobile learner is the biggest thing, a great software is Opera mini (the best browser for mobile devices). Iphone has boosted the mobile industry and now other companies come with 'iphone-killers' based on what iphone launched.

Voice2.0: Jingle networks, look at skyfire, pcmobilizer, ribbit, tuktumi, maxRoam, PCMobilizer

The internet is NATURAL: user generated content, gaming exploding, let's play tag - the long tail, wikimedia - the writeable web. Gaming is the big deal, IBM is designing there new applications around game structures, it is BIG.

the internet is INTELLIGENT: ajax, global application web unfolding, everything at your service, semantic Web (lots of tags).

STANDARDS are emerging to make things easier: open standards - the grassroots win.

can we TRUST the internet? seurity redefined, privacy policy and framework essential, linkage of brand and digital ID, block bad things with technology - not laws.

conclusion: we have to THINK OUTSIDE IN, think big, act bold, start simple, iterate fast
anticipate the evolution of the internet, build a framweork for chaoice and services, partner to the hilt, get a taste of net attitude: talk to kids.


  1. Inge,
    We just met in the eLearning Guild conference session about Second Life! Thanks so much for you comments on my blog. I am now subscribed to it! I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

  2. hi Angela

    Really pleased to have met you and to keep in touch.