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The Next 5,000 Days of the Web with Kevin Kelly

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Kevin Kelly says new internet could be compared to TV but found they were wrong. The internet is much more interactive than the TV has ever been or will be. The internet is just more interactive in that users can communicate with one another immediately. Television has yet to reach that aspect of the internet. It is clear that the intenret has become much more sophisticated than most expected. I thas completley surpassed the teachnology of televisions.

Something I found really interesting was when Kevin Kelly said that what we are getting out of all these connections is one machine, one global machine. Some of the statistics he mentioned were that there are 100 billion clicks a day, 2 million emails sent per second, and that the internet uses 5% of the glocbal electricity. These numbers are immense but it didn;t surprise me at all. We are becoming a people who always want to be connected. People respond to emails and texts almost immediately after recieving them. This is just the new way people are learning to function. Multitasking has clealry be implented because of the need for it. Humans need to almost make themselves just an equpped as the internet as a way to keep up with it all.

Something I found shocking was that the internet doubles in power every 2 years and that the web will eceed humanity processing power by 2040. This actually frightens me because a computer can never replace the emotions of human beings. Greater artifical intelligence is coming because of the increases in technology. I think technolgoy has come so far in the last 10 years and perhaps as humans, we should stpi and just enjoy what he have accomplished. People just want to keep pushing the boundaries so see what will happen but I wonder if it really is for the greater good afterall.

Kelly also discusses his opinion of McLuhan’s theory that machines are the extensions of human beings. Kelly disagrees saying he believes that humans are the extensions of machines. I think 15 years ago I would agree with McLuhan but now I think Kelly is right. Humans are the ones advancing this technology and developing it further. Something I find intriguing though is that perhaps in another 15 years it will reverse back to what McLuhan believes about machines controlling humans due to the advances in artificial technology. I am definitely interested yet a bit cautious, to see what is to come in the next 10 years in terms of internet technology.


Written by alexismurphy

May 20, 2010 at 3:34 am

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