Year 2007: That changed the digital world

I remember I was at NY when iPhone first released. It was Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on January 9, 2007, to announce that Apple had reinvented the mobile phone.

I in fact got my unlocked iPhone-1 from a chinese store at Queens and its still with me now.

The moment that Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone turns out to have been a pivotal junction in the history of technology—and the world.”

There are vintage years in wine and vintage years in history, and 2007 was definitely one of the latter.
Because not just the iPhone emerged in 2007—a whole group of companies emerged in and around that year. Together, these new companies and innovations  have reshaped how people and machines communicate, create, collaborate, and think.”

In 2007, storage capacity for computing exploded thanks to the emergence that year of a company called Hadoop, making “big data” possible for all.”

In 2007, development began on an open-source platform for writing and collaborating on software, called GitHub, that would vastly expand the ability of software to start, as Netscape founder Marc Andreessen once put it, “eating the world.”

On September 26, 2006, Facebook, a social networking site that had been confined to users on college campuses and at high schools, was opened to everyone at least thirteen years old with a valid e-mail address, and started to scale globally.”

In 2007, a micro-blogging company called Twitter, which had been part of a broader start-up, was spun off as its own separate platform and also started to scale globally. ”, the most popular social mobilization website, emerged in 2007.”

In late 2006, Google bought YouTube, and in 2007 it launched Android, an open-standards platform for devices that would help smartphones scale globally with an alternative operating system to Apple’s iOS. ”

In 2007, AT&T, the iPhone’s exclusive connectivity provider, invested in something called “software-enabled networks”—thus rapidly expanding its capacity to handle all the cellular traffic created by this smartphone revolution. According to AT&T, mobile data traffic on its national wireless network increased by more than 100,000 percent from January 2007 through December 2014.”

Also in 2007, Amazon released something called the Kindle, onto which, thanks to Qualcomm’s 3G technology, you could download thousands of books anywhere in the blink of an eye, launching the e-book revolution.”

In 2007, Airbnb was conceived in an apartment in San Francisco. In late 2006, the Internet crossed one billion users worldwide, which seems to have been a tipping point.

In 2007, Palantir Technologies, the leading company using big data analytics and augmented intelligence to, among other things, help the intelligence community find needles in haystacks, launched its first platform.”

In 2005, Michael Dell decided to relinquish his job as CEO of Dell and step back from the hectic pace and just be its chairman. Two years later he realized that was bad timing. “I could see that the pace of change had really accelerated. I realized we could do all this different stuff. So I came back to run the company in … 2007.”

It was also in 2007 that David Ferrucci, who led the Semantic Analysis and Integration Department at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, and his team began building a cognitive computer called Watson—“a special-purpose computer system designed to push the envelope on deep question and answering, deep analytics, and the computer’s understanding of natural language,” noted the website “‘Watson’ became the first cognitive computer, combining machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

In 2007, Intel introduced non-silicon materials—known as high-k/metal gates (the term refers to the transistor gate electrode and transistor gate dielectric)—into microchips for the first time. ”

Last but certainly not least, in 2007 the cost of DNA sequencing began to fall dramatically as the biotech industry shifted to new sequencing techniques and platforms, leveraging all the computing and storage power that was just exploding.”

Excerpt From: Thomas L. Friedman. “Thank You for Being Late.”

Reliance JIO : An innovation for consumer

I got my JIO sim card last week and got it activated on 5th September.  I am using the sim card in my One plus two mobile phone and through JioJoin mobile app I can use VoLTE calls. VoLTE stands for Voice Over LTE, it simplest term this technology uses voice as data packets delivered through LTE network. That means your voice is carried in the same way as other streaming services. This approach results in the voice service (control and media planes) being delivered as data flows within the LTE data bearer. This means that there is no dependency on (or ultimately, requirement for) the legacy circuit-switched voice network to be maintained. VoLTE has up to three times more voice and data capacity than 3G UMTS and up to six times more than 2G GSM. Furthermore, it frees up bandwidth because VoLTE’s packets headers are smaller than those of unoptimized VoIP/LTE. In india Reliance Jio is the first service provider that started commercial launch of 100% VoLTE service without 2G/3G based services in India on 5th Sep 2016. Jio has announce that all voice calls over LTE is free and only data consumption chargeable. This does not hold good with other telecom operators, those for years were charging customers for data as well as voice. With Reliance Jio’s entry, these service providers are little bit shaken with tough competition ahead for them to survive. In fact, some of the telcos are already in firefight mode and said “Not bound to give interconnect points to Reliance Jio: Telcos to PMO”. There are lots of call drops from Jio network to other networks and Reliance supremo “Mukesh Ambani to telcos: You cannot break the law beyond few weeks“. There are going to be more firefighting, might be more uglier in coming days. The winner in this battle is definitely the *consumer*.

3D printing : futuristic model?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object.[2] These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.” – Source Wiki

In between we keep on getting news about 3D printing of items, replica of some monuments etc. With the advent of wireless technologies, we are now more nearer to each other than before. Advance of wireless technologies has put telegram kind of emergency services to history and its not end of it, instead there will be more surprises for mankind in the coming days. The inquisitive to make life simpler by inventing such gadgets has in fact makes life more complicated and a continuous effort is there to innovate new technologies and one of invention is 3D printing, the noble invention to eradicate hunger by printing food for all. With wireless technologies spawning its presence in every direction, and if we include 3D technologies with wireless then we will have a beginning of third industrial revolution. As per futurologists  Jeremy Rifkin “3D printing signals the beginning of a third industrial revolution,[4] succeeding the production line assembly that dominated manufacturing starting in the late 19th century. Using the power of the Internet, it may eventually be possible to send a blueprint of any product to any place in the world to be replicated by a 3D printer with “elemental inks” capable of being combined into any material substance of any desired form.”

.The proposed solution will use 3D print in both direction, the one to convert any object into wireless format and at other end will convert the object back to shape using 3D printing.


3D Wireless
3D Wireless

The above pictorial view describes top level view to send objects using 3D and Wireless technologies. In this conceptual model, the current data conversion to bits and bytes will be extended to include objects too. The presentation layer of communication will be the key to converts incoming and outgoing data from one presentation format to another (for example, from clear text to encrypted text at one end and back to clear text at the other). However it needs to be supported in hardware layer too. The format of data exchange for 3D objects will be more complicated with more complicated processing of such data. I remember, in my first job, the computer I got was of 5gbs harddrive and RAM 256mb. Now my macbook has flashdrive of 256GB and RAM is 16GB so there is continuous effort to increate the power of computing. And I am sure this futuristic model of communication to transfer objects will be a reality very soon.