The Internet of Things

Telcos, in addition to their traditional telecommunications services, are now internet service providers, cloud service providers, outsourced IT and customer service providers, media stores, media delivery companies (cable tv, apps, music et al), advertising companies etc. Their services are being integrated with those as of Google galaxy and Microsoft universe (  + Yahoo, Skype, Facebook) among others. Social media platforms are linking with one another and the behemoths too. So integration and collaboration is the game we play here today. Networking social networks.

The experience of the hardware is the software and vice versa; that we know. And steadily the telcoware is fast leaving our sight and becoming fully embedded in our subconscious. Internet — also a soon to be an antiquated word — is disappearing from our consciousness. These things together though, make the system we may call ‘the port,’ our interface to the matrix of others, including the inanimate.

What does the future hold for society in this? Scary opportunities, a new vocabulary, and another new way of life that probably already had been.

Maybe comes a time when telcos cease, or when we make do without them. Maybe comes a time when everything is matrix capable, and the interfaces are self-organised to the point of making ICANN and central organization irrelevant.
Maybe we won’t need displays anymore because they could be inside us — chips anyone? The blind shall see and the deaf shall hear — everything about the world from anywhere, in their heads.
Maybe, just maybe … is true.

Keeping in touch outside the matrix

‘Spoke with you recently. I’ve been hundreds of miles away for the nine years since we last met. Every year, at least once, I’d give you a buzz or send you an email, a social one, outside of birthday greetings. And we’re on Facebook too.

With the wide membership of online social clubs, Facebook et al, the traditional email that years before overwhelmed snail mail for personals, may have gone the same way. We now form circles and groups and networks for personal and business communication. Email addresses are just for matrix access on the net.

YouTube Android’s Gmail, now Plus.
Face(book) mail, anyone?
What’s the Outlook of Hotmail anyway.
And still the Yahoos stay.

Every year you’d hail me from afar and say hello. Phones are great. Email in good. To hear you talk is much more pleasant than to see the text of your words. I enjoy them both.

It’s the thought, you know, coming with the hello, that brings the smile inside. We share it happily.

Growing apart as we grow older. That happens a lot, doesn’t it?
The fondness is still there. I remember it well.
We’ve had to leave and set some distance between as we lead our lives; we’re family, still.

Sometimes it works that contact is constant;
sometimes it fizzles out and comes back;
sometimes we just remember the times.

We won’t talk and text every time, and we might even stop talking or texting, for a while. Freshness comes and the few we leave standing. The way life goes as we grow through it, we file people away in a cabinet somewhere.

We don’t care to reach out, but we care to more than just think or hear of you and let it just slide this time. So we ask about, and pray for, and chat with, and call. It might be the last time, but you never know.

Facebook and all, lets us see whatagwan, if we share. We remember your birthday, that we once knew you, that we still know you, and still care to. It’s nice.
We ‘stalk’ a little, just to be in touch. We ‘like’ it, ‘LOL’ and comment 🙂

You enter the matrix, everyday? But fortunately, life is outside cyberspace.