Life connected au des while technology evolves by design?

Monday, July 11, 2011

the purpose of this is to find the most decentralized way to electronically transmit information, not the best way

I was reading an article* on about how the internet is 'not some uncontrollable, decentralized free-for-all'. It quotes an article by Doug Rushkoff: "Yes, it may have been designed with many nodes and redundancies for it to withstand a nuclear attack, but it has always been absolutely controlled by central authorities. From its Domain Name Servers to its IP addresses, the Internet depends on highly centralized mechanisms to send our packets from one place to another... an entire top-level domain, like say .ir, can be excised. And no, even if some smart people jot down the numeric ip addresses of the websites they want to see before the names are yanked, offending addresses can still be blocked by any number of cooperating government and corporate trunks, relays, and ISPs. That’s why ministers in China finally concluded (in cables released by Wikileaks, no less) that the Internet was “no threat.”"

Laptops can send and receive data to and from each other with the same ranges and bandwiths they do to and from wireless routers, so the widespread use of personal laptops in cities could allow content to be wirelessly transferred from one laptop to another until it gets to the laptop that requested it. In 1901 Marconi broadcast a signal across the Atlantic Ocean using a primitive pair of a shortwave transmitter and receiver. That was a long time ago, so maybe thousands of transmitters and receivers can be put in a small box. Each resident of communicating cities could have one of these boxes, and all the boxes in a city could be coordinated by the network of their owners' laptops to transmit and receive large amounts of information.


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