Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Geni - 3 Wishes for a Future Internet

From Science Daily

"If the proverbial genie gave Internet users three wishes for an improved network what would they ask for" Peace of mind about secure financial transactions" Protection from hackers" Inventive new applications that improve the quality of life""

"With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers are working together to design a bold new research platform called GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations. As envisioned, GENI will allow researchers throughout the country to build and experiment with completely new and different designs and capabilities that will inform the creation of a 21st Century Internet."

The researchers that the NSF has granted funding for and who will spearhead the project are BBN Technologies, a company that has been in business for 50 years and who also were largely responsible for ARPANET, the forerunner to the internet.

Principal investigator and project director Chip Elliott of BBN says, "GENI will give scientists a clean slate on which to imagine a completely new Internet that will likely be materially different from that of today."

This should be interesting. And I was just getting used to this one.


Benjamin Solah said...

They say we need a whole new Internet because it's overrun with spammers etc. but as with Web 2.0, I'm skeptical about the role it could play in giving greater control to 'authorities' who won't care about combating spam or anything, but the Left's online presence could receive some flack.

Virginia Lee said...

I'm with Benjamin in that I'm skeptical about government funding to design a new & better internet. It would be naive to presume that some sort of governmental controls would not be a part of anything thus designed.

Skeery. . .

MDK said...

Oh yeah, I would be wary, too. I trust the government as far as I can spit. However, it's interesting that there is talk of a major "rebuild" of the internet. Whether for the better or not, I'll leave those questions to the experts, or I'll just have to wait and see. The internet is in constant flux. I'm interested in how it's future will pan out.