I just finished designing a website for my grandmother’s quilting shop. Take a look and please tell me what you think!
There are actually two recessions:
The first is the cyclical one, the one that inevitably comes and then inevitably goes. There’s plenty of evidence that intervention can shorten it, and also indications that overdoing a response to it is a waste or even harmful.
The other recession, though, the one with the loss of “good factory jobs” and systemic unemployment—I fear that this recession is here forever.
Okay, so maybe I have a little bit of a web-crush on Aleks Krotoski. Possibly the most adorable authority on Internet studies ever.
She’s most famous for narrating this documentary series on the Internet in which she poses for an absurd number of the standard, cheesy documentary shots sitting by the ocean with a laptop staring prophetically into the distance. (Still a decent documentary, though.)
She writes a fascinating column for the Guardian’s technology section on understanding the implications of the Internet. Really fascinating stuff, and the articles spark some great comments from readers.
What comes after the Internet?
Let’s say in a few decades we move fully into cloud computing, and that’s cool, that will be like a super-Internet, but then what?
Maybe it will be a psychic network, or a “psychspace.”
Think about it… first they invent a cybernetic implant that allows people to exchange thoughts with each other one on one. Then Tim Berners-Lee’s descendant comes along and says, “Yo dogs, let’s build an infrastructure for people to psychically (spellcheck says this is a word) connect to other psychics by linking through each other.” And thus the Psychnet is born. And a “psychspace” will develop on the Psychnet, where ideas reach a whole new level of transitivity.
Anyone with an implant is connected to everyone with an implant. It will be a great equalizer. Anyone can publish content with their mind.
There would be “psychapps” helping to manage the chaos of the masses of psychic communications. Companies would pay people to sit down and psychically project the psychapps for everyone to use. There would be a Facebook of the psychspace. People would use it to manage their psychic contacts and host psychic images and bios of their physical selves.
I’ll leave you to imagine the rest. Maybe I’ll write a story about this someday.
Or maybe some science fiction author has already written about this. I don’t read enough modern scifi. Anyone know?
A list Apart is, hands down, the one website anyone interested in web design and development should be subscribed to.
Some content can get pretty technical, so most folks probably aren’t too interested, but A List Apart has hundreds of fascinating articles scrupulously well-written by members of the web development community. The archives are well worth a browsing.
I particularly like their posting schedule. Two, high quality, relevant posts at the beginning of every month. That’s it.
We are in the midst of a revolution beyond our wildest imagination. Watch these 5 amazing TED talks to open your mind to how immensely the Internet is going to change the world (and already has).
I think everyone should see these videos. It’s a lot to watch, but seriously, you’ll never think of the Internet the same way again.
Are you convinced? Then help save the Internet.