Our Growing Global Digital Nervous System
By Rob Greenlee,
Monday, June 7, 2004; 12:00pm EST
The world is getting smaller every day as we grow more connected
because of digital communication technology. Every year, millions of
new people become networked together using the Internet.
You can see how we�re connecting everywhere � from the proliferation
of single-chip wi-fi-enabled mobile computers, tiny RF sensor
transmitters, mobile networked smart phones, ubiquitous always-on
Internet connections and even new tech-driven social networking
Together, they�re forming a growing global digital nervous system
whose potential impact seems almost limitless. Communication and
interaction between objects, people and the environment shall
transform our very existence on this planet and beyond.
The future Internet could include worlds like the Moon and Mars, as we
colonize the planets in the coming decades.
Global nervous system network technologies are not the fix to the
world�s social problems and conflicts, but can serve as a way towards
resolving more of those issues via better communication and cultural
Hopefully, over the coming decades, people of this world will use this
global nervous system to begin the healing process to resolve economic
and social conflicts around the world.
This change will cause all to become more global in view and
understanding. America is a great and powerful country but really
lacks a global view of the world.
I think that this global digital nervous system will more easily link
America to the rest of the world.
It seems as though we are finally awakening from a long, dark sleep as
humans on this earth start seeing the earth and solar system as one
These growing interconnected networks of people who are currently
using the Internet to communicate are making separation and distance
from each other irrelevant.
Friendships are being created every day that are not dependent on
proximity as voice over IP technology is enabling less expensive voice
E-mail and instant messenger communications are allowing regular
communications to be maintained over longer periods of time and
Faster wireless and wired broadband connection speeds will enable
visual communications through digital video that will enable us to
connect with others around the world in ways we can only imagine now.
The concept of personal broadcasting will come into its own in a big
way. We will all need to become broadcasters and need to be verbally
I think a person�s ability to communicate in all ways verbal, written
and on-camera will be skills that will be required of everyone for
economical survival on this planet over the next 10-20 years.
This collective thought and communication on a global level will
enable humanity to reach a more peaceful existence as cultural
conflicts slowly resolve themselves.
Every person on the planet will at some point in the future become an
information worker of some type and will be connected to this global
nervous system we now call the Internet.
Rob Greenlee is host of the WebTalk Radio Show, a University Place,
Washington-based radio and Webcast show featuring technology news and
About Source of Article
Rob Greenlee is Founder and co-host of the WebTalkGuys Radio Show.
WebTalkGuys, a Seattle-based talk show featuring technology news and
interviews. It is broadcast on WebTalkGuys Radio, Sonic Box, via
Pocket PC at Mazingo Networks and the telephone via the Mobile
Broadcast Network. It's on the radio in Seattle at KLAY 1180 AM
and KVTI 90.9 FM. Past show and interviews are also webcast via the
http://www.webtalkguys.com/. Greenlee is also a member of the The
International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.