<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/crack_in_the_wall_small.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-872" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/crack_in_the_wall_small-150x150.jpg" alt="crack_in_the_wall_small" width="150" height="150" /></a>... but sticking to my guns - and anticipating that this is proof that <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2012/05/apple-to-crush-carriers-moving-to-a-direct-service-provider/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple plays the long game</a>.


            <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-3712" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480-300x225.jpg" alt="Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480" width="300" height="225" /></a><a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2914586/internet-of-things/kcs-smart-city-goldilocks-project-bounds-ahead.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read All About It !!!</a></h1>

The largest smart city project in North America is moving closer to reality in Kansas City, mainly along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction through the downtown.

I was particularly struck with this comment …

Blackburn also said Cisco is sensitive to ways that video sensors might be seen as invasive public surveillance. “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations and won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to,” he said.

Employment Law, Women’s Rights, Abortionism, Creationism, Race, are all fine examples of how exactly it shouldn’t be done over in that fine state – so I for one am not holding my breath on this one …. not saying that the experiment won’t be great – I mean who can resist ‘the lure of the future’ and free, fast, always on wifi … but when someone has to say “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations” – when we know that the state and federal regulations are about as minimal as they can get – oh – and that (we) “won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to” … umm – hello – who decides what it is that software developers shouldn’t have access to …. and exactly how secure is the information of the ‘guineazens’ … And finally ..

The Smart + Connected Communities program will include installation of a public Wi-Fi network and “community kiosks” that will allow citizens to call upon city services or make digital transactions.

I wonder if mobile has reached Kansas yet ? Wait it must have – Sprint are headquartered there …. so what is going in – left and right hands ? Or simply headline grabbing ?

Just thinking aloud – that’s all.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/fivesenses_01.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3507" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/fivesenses_01-150x57.jpg" alt="fivesenses_01" width="150" height="57" /></a>(Sight and Sound ... check)

Sight | Sound | Touch | Smell | Taste …. three down …. two to go … at least that is how I see ‘The Watch’ – the first device to connect people across the internet through touch …

Update Wednesday 8th April : Interesting to read this today …

What the telephone was for voice, what video was for seeing, Apple Watch is for touch. No, you’re not really touching someone, but when you call someone, you’re not really hearing them, either. When you FaceTime them, you’re not really seeing them, you’re looking at a picture of them on a screen. But a phone call feels like you’re talking to someone. A FaceTime call feels like you’re looking at someone. And with digital touch on Apple Watch, it feels, in a very real sense, like you’re touching and being touched by another person.

… on Daring Fireball. I guess we agree 🙂 (Oh and a very complete review By the way.)

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/this-changes-nothing.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2971" alt="This Changes Nothing" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/this-changes-nothing-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>I found the block quote below in my snippet collection from a year ago this month. The depressing thing isn't that the situation is no different, I could live with that. No, the depressing thing is that it is worse.

The Upside ?

…. the opportunity is even greater for the customers, and the enterprises and the people in the value chain that can help and the applications they can acquire and the consultants that can …. oh wait – that last one is going to be a problem – see why in my next post. Quite the contrary to ‘This Changes Nothing’ – this one really does change everything !

“There is substantial evidence that large corporations and enterprises are in a similar position to that which they found themselves in the late 90s when the internet emerged as a ‘significant disruptor’, this time in the shape of ‘Social Media’. But unlike the internet, this shift is not just technological, but rather is changing everything.”


            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2013/01/the-obama-library-physical-or-virtual-networked-or-fixed/obama/" rel="attachment wp-att-1926"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1926" alt="obama" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/obama-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a><strong><a style="color: #074d7c; cursor: pointer;" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-obama-library-20121225,0,1028024,print.story" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bronzeville among city sites seeking Obama library</a> </strong>- this reported by Dahleen Glanton - a Chicago Tribune reporter - on December 25th. (Christmas Day - they were THAT short of news).

Since reading this, I have picked up various commentaries and opinions on the not (yet) widely discussed, but much anticipated, rivalry between Chicago and Honolulu – as to where Obama’s library will end up.

Most of what I have seen sees Illinois in the lead and Hawaii the underdog.

What I have NOT seen is any discussion that this time it might be different.

The world, business, academia are all accelerating towards distributed, virtual, online collaborative (fill in your words of choice) spaces. The importance of Geography is theoretically going away. Each POTUS brings with them a certain back story of how they came to be where they are. I am not a political historian – thank god – but it does occur to me that Obama rode in to the White House on the back of new technologies in the social sphere. A lot of the social tech behemoths were started before Obama became president – but they have absolutely come to power under his watch. And the tech advisors he seeks out are not the old guard – but the new – Dorsey, Zuckerberg et al.

Not only that – but the very strength of his power as a community organizer, is in some respects the physical manifestation of these networks.

So – here’s my prediction ….

Obama’s library will be a network with physical bases both in The Second City AND The New Constantinople (as I affectionately think of The Hawaiian Islands – that is a whole different post that I need to get to). Why would we assume that the Library has to be in once place or the other. We live in the 21st century. We are networked and virtualized people. Why wouldn’t Obama’s library be representative and symbolic of his presidential term …

  • both geographies played a massive part in his making him who he is
  • he is about community organizing – which is a distributed grass roots model – not centralized
  • he was the first ‘blackberry’ – if not mobile – president
  • his time in power mirrors the fundamental shifts in power throughout  the world – enabled by – if not accelerated through Social Networks and distributed power bases

What do you think ? Does that make sense to you ?


            Bearing in mind that this was written in 1982 ... (10 years or so before Tim gave us the world wide web) ... pretty amazing predictions ....

The home will double as a place of employment, with men and women conducting much of their work at the computer terminal. This will affect both the architecture and location of the home. It will also blur the distinction between places of residence and places of business, with uncertain effects on zoning, travel patterns and neighborhoods.

Home-based shopping will permit consumers to control manufacturing directly, ordering exactly what they need for ”production on demand.”

There will be a shift away from conventional workplace and school socialization. Friends, peer groups and alliances will be determined electronically, creating classes of people based on interests and skills rather than age and social class.

A new profession of information ”brokers” and ”managers” will emerge, serving as ”gatekeepers,” monitoring politicians and corporations and selectively releasing information to interested parties.

The ”extended family” might be recreated if the elderly can support themselves through electronic homework, making them more desirable to have around. Political Power Shift

The blurring of lines between home and work, the report stated, will raise difficult issues, such as working hours. The new technology, it suggested, may force the development of a new kind of business leader. ”Managing the complicated communication in networks between office and home may require very different styles than current managers exhibit,” the report concluded.

The study also predicted a much greater diversity in the American political power structure. ”Videotex might mean the end of the twoparty system, as networks of voters band together to support a variety of slates – maybe hundreds of them,” it said.


Passed on – with thanks to :: NYTimes.com

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/teletext.jpg"><img src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/teletext-150x150.jpg" alt="" title="teletext" width="150" height="150" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-318" /></a>You can't make this stuff up .... this was a headline in The New York Times. Full article here : <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1982/06/14/us/study-says-technology-could-transform-society.html">STUDY SAYS TECHNOLOGY COULD TRANSFORM SOCIETY</a>.

I heard the other day that a dog bit a man. OF COURSE Technology Can Transform Society. It already has done – over and over again – for thousands of years. What a stupid headline.

Now – in fairness, the article was dated 1982. So, stupid headline aside – let’s review. By the end of the century (11 and 1/2 years ago as I write) …

one-way and two-way home information systems, called teletext and videotex, will penetrate deeply into daily life, with an effect on society as profound as those of the automobile and commercial television earlier in this century.


The report warned that the new technology would raise difficult issues of privacy and control that will have to be addressed soon to ”maximize its benefits and minimize its threats to society.


The home will double as a place of employment, with men and women conducting much of their work at the computer terminal


A new profession of information ”brokers” and ”managers” will emerge, serving as ”gatekeepers,” monitoring politicians and corporations and selectively releasing information to interested parties.