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Futurescaping infinite bandwidth, zero latency

Bell, Simon and Walker, Steve (2011). Futurescaping infinite bandwidth, zero latency. Futures, 43(5) pp. 525–539.

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Abstract

In the 1990s Castells analysed ‘the rise of the network society’ but this remains an ever-changing phenomenon. It throws up new concepts and issues. For example, no one foresaw what Mark Zuckerberg would create in terms of on-line social networks with the FaceBook project. Predicting the functionality and utility of the Internet is a mug's game and yet it can be extremely profitable for those who ‘guess right’ and are able to influence the future applications and organisational forms of the network society.

Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband is promoted strongly by policy makers as underpinning future economic growth. NGA can be thought of as a potential future placeholder, the content and structure of which, while remaining tantalizing, is occupying many contemporary minds. In this paper we describe a process (Imagine/Triple Task Method) and an event structure IBZL (or Infinite Bandwidth Zero Latency), which explores potentially novel applications of NGA and provide some ideas as to the key components of the future inter-networked landscape.

In this paper we present the context of the IBZL initiative, review the ‘Imagine’ process as an effective method for ‘futurescaping’ and present some initial outcomes of the project.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0016-3287
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: eSTEeM
Item ID: 29683
Depositing User: Simon Bell
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 09:51
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 08:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29683
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