Sumit Sharma

Influx of data

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Companies, and individuals alike, are increasingly enjoying the fruits of the World Wide Web, the many benefits that are arising, and that we are continually innovating and discovering, has deeply enriched and enhanced our lives and businesses. However, is there something we are missing in this whole new evolution that, if ignored for too long, could make our lives and business environments tougher? We’re digitizing our lives more and more, so much so that we may even forget how to retract back into analog ways of doing things. Imagine life without email, without social networks, search engines, online banking and the many other utilities offered by the world wide web – what is obvious is that there is no turning back now, we’re well into the digital age. This article argues that we are still in a honeymoon phase of the digital age – in other words we’re still discovering the cool websites and employing the cool gadgets and apps into our lives. Peer production is still a nascent phenomenon because elements in society such as academic systems haven’t yet caught up, but when they do we’ll have the web as a major element in our lives, something as crucial as the automobile.

The question that arises, which is being brought up in selective circles, is whether we are ready for the web to be a major force in our lives? This article argues that we are not, and comes strictly from the perspective of organizing the data in the web in a more conducive fashion and unless fundamental action is taken to rectify this situation, the web may turn out to be more of a nuisance then benefit. The good news is that once a concrete action is taken, many more disruptions to how business operate and how we live our lives will evolve that will make this effort extremely worthwhile.

It isn’t a secret that the Internet is evolving into an immeasurably large platform and through its rapid evolution is creeping into many areas of our lives. Devices and network technology (Smartphone’s, smart books, smart meters, LTE networks etc) are continually innovating. Look no further then Intel’s new corporate strategy that is to expand penetration into areas other than the tradition PC motherboard as evidenced by their new atom chip which is installed in products ranging from net books to tractors. Going by Moores law, in 10 years time, these devices and technologies will be roughly 100 times more powerful and faster then they are today. Fiber optics are being laid into the ground, high speed networks and smart grids are springing up and more analog devices are increasingly becoming digitized. These trends lead to us finding ourselves at the cusp of a mass influx of information and data that is getting immeasurably large and more complex, and the earlier we can organize.

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Written by Sumit

October 10, 2009 at 4:55 am

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