FutureEverything is running a two year project exploring the theme of unlimited connectivity and distant collaboration. It includes the GloNet globally networked event and investigations into what will become possible with effectively unlimited bandwidth and near-zero latency.
First generation broadband technology gave millions of users an ‘always-on’ connection to the net for the first time. This led to unforeseen, unanticipated and disruptive new applications like Wikipedia and YouTube. Next generation fibre optic broadband will be an even bigger challenge, with the potential for almost unlimited bandwidth and latency approaching zero. The chances are technology will have taken another step ahead of imagination. Can we imagine? Can we anticipate the sort of new applications and services that might develop? More importantly, what new technologies will become possible with effectively unlimited bandwidth and near-zero latency?
In late 2009, FutureEverything launched a project, GloNet, a new model for group-to-group globally networked events. Innovations in GloNet are the group-to-group connectivity, and in networking the social spaces and informal interactions. Our goal is that the GloNet will be a permanent feature at the FutureEverything festival, and an event format with our partners we can replicate, and continue to develop, in other settings.