Remember that old Michael Jackson and company song, “We are the World.” Well, it just might have been the inspiration for Mark Zuckerberg’s latest initiative he likes to call TIP, Telecom Infra Project. Just mix in a lot of open source resources, including an urban wireless network that checks its performance at 125,000 times a second, and a long-range wireless system that can send a gigabit of data a second, about ten times the rate of today’s good-performing networks and enough for virtual reality. Ultimately, Zuckerberg wants to triple the size of his social network over the next ten years which now has 1.6 billion. Let’s see, that would make 4.8 billion Facebook followers out of a current world population of 7.125 billion, and growing. And cheaper open source technology might help make this all possible in the future.
I can hardly wait. But how am I going to keep up with all my friends and followers? I really don’t have that many right now, but I spend a lot of time reading newspapers, a few books, and put in some travel time to visit with friends and family in different parts of the country. I guess I just have to get more with the Facebook program, and save myself all that time and costs of travel.
Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend at a nearby restaurant and really enjoyed catching up with him in person. Neither one of us had a smartphone in his hand, but at some other tables, lunch-goers were multi-tasking, eating and presumably keeping up with their social networks. Conversation with each other at their tables was non-existent. They obviously enjoyed being more in touch virtually (with people or other activities?) than in reality with those at their table?