Our politicians are a simple lot – they can’t comprehend that the Internet today is good for more than downloading movies, sending tweets or posting selfie’s on Facebook (some of them are good at that!). So it’s no surprise, when they tell us that there’s no need to upgrade the country’s broadband communication infrastructure, beyond the ageing, decrepit copper network in place now. Never mind that it’s hopelessly inadequate already for those tasks our politicians can comprehend, today. Add to that the 33% growth in internet downloads in the past year and you see what the problem is. Imagine emptying a storage dam through your garden hose and you’ll understand the concept of bandwidth availability on speed.
As the following article points out, the future of the internet is not just connecting people (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the like), but it is about things communicating with each other with minimal human involvement. This concept of “Internet of Things” opens possibilities that were unimaginable as little as a decade ago – things like a $300 printer in your home being able to construct a 3D model of the Eifel Tower, things like a remote community participating in a “virtual” classroom, things like advanced manufacturing industries that can produce highly specialised products in a high quality yet cost competitive way, even in Australia!
Australia left behind by Internet Changes?
Pity that none of our politicians have the courage to push for the implementation of the necessary infrastructure building to allow Australia to participate in these advances in the near future. Of course, technology-driven countries are providing businesses with the infrastructure needed to allow them to be competitive. Our neighbours in New Zealand are picking up on this:
The internet of tomorrow has arrived, and it’s about much more than Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and email, the services we use to connect with one another. Companies jostle for place in ‘Internet of Things’.
This new internet already has its own acronym, IoT, for “Internet of Things”.
The future of internet is not just connecting people but it is about connecting “things” directly with resultant increased productivity and capabilities. These enabled or integrated tools will be capable of measuring, monitoring and controlling manufacturing processes in a way to provide new technologies with competitive advantages for those businesses . This future is closer than we imagine – many things are already taking place, if only on a small scale, based on the examples in the article.
This poses the questions: Is this the 4th Industrial Revolution? Is Australia being left behind?
What do you think? Please post your comments below.
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Insights by: Jürgen Strauss