“Frolicking in the Social Grass”

Telephony magazine just published a fun interview senior editor Kevin Fitchard did with me a couple of weeks ago. Titled “Sprint’s McGuire on Frolicking in the Social Grass,” the subtitle of which is “Sprint strategy chief lays out his vision of an interconnected world, in which context is just as important as wireless connectivity” (free registration required). The basic question I was asked to answer is “how will the world be different in 2025, thanks to wireless technology?”

You can read the whole interview online, but basically I tie my answer back to five trends that are well underway today, but which I believe will take decades to be fully integrated with each other and with the lives of everyday citizens:

  1. Increasingly capable mobile devices
  2. Radios embedded in specialty devices
  3. All of our data in the cloud
  4. Automatic synchronization across cloud and devices
  5. Context awareness

If you’re wondering about the title, so was I until I got the third page of the interview. Apparently, along the way I coined a new term. I kind of like the imagery, the grass roots, the weaving together, the blowing in the wind… But maybe I just need to work on my enunciation. :)

2 Responses to ““Frolicking in the Social Grass””

  1. Christopher Glenn says:

    Brilliant as always! I think that’s why WiMax will win out. The open source approaches have proven themselves out yet again with Facebook and Apple’s App Store. The low cost of WiMax chipsets will help more and more devices have radios.

    The key is that computers can do everything, but while most modern electronics have computers, most modern electroncs are not networked. When they are with WiMax, it will be a different world. In 2025, I expect to get a SMS from my refrigerator directly creating a todo list item on my PDA with a deadline set to 12 hours later whenever my refrigerator’s odor sensor recognizes that the milk is going bad. I also expect the refrigerator to automatically order new lightbulbs for itself when they go out … and I wouldn’t mind if it had sensors in the 12-ounce can holder that would automatically order more Cherry Diet Coke too. Now if Peoria only had grocery delivery …

    will let me know that a sensor

    I can’t wait till 2025 when some 28 year old surprises me

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