Sunday, January 26, 2014
Streamternet - a new term for describing our post-web world.
I've been struggling for a while to find a name for the new, post-web reality of the Internet. In Scalable Innovation (Section 3), we explain why we think that the web is dead, but we don't use any new word to mark the new reality.
The core idea is that instead of sending files, we now deal with streams, e.g. video or update messages: Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, High-Frequency Trading, etc. In system terms, we see a dramatic change in the Packaged Payload and the intensity of its flow.
Fundamentally, the iPhone and Google Glass are Streamternet devices. Their zoomable interfaces allow us to zoom in and out of the stream of information, and see it, e.g. in 2D, 3D, or 4D. The difference between the web and Streamternet is that time flows differently in them. That is, the intensity of data transactions is 100X higher on the Streamternet.
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