(via Flickr user wiless, some scans of The World of the Future: Future Cities)
At the other end of the spectrum, the IFTF, led by Mike Leibhold, is also looking at what they call the “second-curve Internet.” The idea would be to take the existing physical infrastructure on the Internet and rebuild a newly decentralized network with it. “What’s really fun about Mike’s idea is that it doesn’t require tearing down the old one,” Cascio added. “It’s not I’ll go make my own Internet.” What kind of Internet could be built on the ossified skeleton of the one we’ve all grown up with? “It’s post-NSA and post-Comcast,” Cascio said. “Basically, the original model for the Internet was this peer-to-peer structure. Over the last decade, the Internet has evolved much more hub and spoke. Everything has to go through the major services. The idea with the second-curve Internet would push back into that other model. Peer-to-peer, mesh focused, and getting away from those central points of control and failure.”
The Technology Outlook for Latin American Higher Education 2013-2018: An NMC Horizon Project Regional Analysis was released as a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Centro Superior para la Enseñanza Virtual (CSEV), and Virtual Educa. This report — published both in Spanish and English — will inform education leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting higher education in Latin America. Twelve emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving educators and key stakeholders a valuable guide for strategic technology planning in the Latin American higher education sector.