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Cyber Vision
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"There are two things that give the Internet its power," says Kleinrock. "One is the concept of people sharing ideas and participating in each other’s work. The other is the culture that allows that to happen. The beginnings of the Internet are clearly stamped with a feeling of openness — open research, open architecture, open access, trusting members of the community, no overbearing control." But that same culture, cautions Kleinrock, is also "a formula for the dark side of the Internet. That’s where spam, pedophilia, pornography and identity theft come from."

The Internet’s infrastructure is expanding in several ways, Kleinrock told the roughly 200 delegates at the recent birthday bash. The first, "nomadic computing," or "nomadicity," refers to the ability to use computers anywhere wirelessly, even from atop Mount Everest. Another direction is the "invisibility" of the human-computer interface. "For most users, cyberspace exists behind the computer screen," says Kleinrock. "We want to take cyberspace outside and deploy it in our physical world — on our desks, shoes, eyeglasses, vehicles, refrigerators, possibly even in our bodies."

That’s a widely shared vision among tech gurus — the kind of self-fulfilling prophecy underpinning much of the Internet’s success. "We’ve created something that will ultimately connect every living synapse on this planet," predicts John Perry Barlow, a former Wyoming rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We still have a long ways to go down that road, but the Internet is a system that will ultimately be totally inclusive — a nervous system for the collective unconscious of the human race."

Efforts are already underway to infuse our environment with such a high level of technology that just about everything around us becomes "smart" and easily accessible. As Kleinrock puts it: "If I walk into a room, the room will know I’ve walked in. I’d be able to talk to the room and get a voice answer, or maybe a hologram or information display of some sort will pop up."

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