Infrastructure TalkDRAFT
This is a draft video based on a recent presentation. I will update the pointer as necessary.
25-Jan-2023Version 2: 2023-01-31 17:29:21

InfraTalk This is a draft video based on a recent presentation. I will update the pointer as necessary.

This is a draft based on a talk I gave recently. Please send me feedback. I plan to greatly improve the video once I have it organized. For now, recording slide-by-slide without worrying too much about the lighting is sufficient. I need to up my game for doing this. I am open to suggestions for people with the skills to improve the illustrations.

The nice thing about using PPT and slides is that I can quickly evolve and modify the presentation. I may use OBS Studio with my green screen for the production version.

I also want feedback on this proposal for a Stable DNS. Note I’m rewriting this and will post an update soon. Send me email if you you’re interested in the revised version.

Yes, the video quality of the insert needs much work, but this is a beta. That said, I’m open to suggestions.

Infrastructure & Opportunity - YouTube

As with any talk, I learn a lot by putting it together, and it’s frustrating that I can’t explore all the implications. I plan to have a written version corresponding to the talk to provide deeper background, and perhaps, that will enable me to trim the talk more.

The key ideas are very simple:

  • Today we can convert all “content” to packets of bits. The packets themselves do not have inherent meaning. This is fundamentally different from today’s telecommunications system (and business model), which provides services that transport and preserve meaning much as the post office does and provide phone calls as a service. The infrastructure is a cost center for selling those services.
  • When we transport packets decoupled from their meaning, we need a different approach since the value is no longer captured to pay for the infrastructure. Hence we need to pay for the infrastructure as we do roads and sidewalks. The good news is that the cost is essentially zero compared with the physical infrastructures such as roads and sidewalks.
  • You can look at it another way – by using the service model, we are taking out a loan to pay for the infrastructure but can never pay it off since we are paying a monthly fee forever, even if one year’s payments can cover the complete cost! The shareholders benefit as money is extracted from the community, and the community cannot invest in its own future.
  • The solution is to take all the twisting and winding passages of telecommunications – wired and wireless – and convert it to a common packet infrastructure. Doing so will create abundance since all the capacity is now available, and there is no meter running.
  • The transition can be incremental as we expand from today’s campuses where we own connectivity (homes, schools and offices) to include neighborhoods. We interconnect them by buying “pipes’ between them (as we do with today’s broadband). The advantages of ownership are compelling, so we’ll see a transition as the zones of ownership grow and connect directly, thus reducing the need and the costs of tunnels leased from the current providers. Having a geographic footprint is key since it means that anyone present is a stakeholder, and the connectivity can be freely available, wired and wirelessly.
  • Today’s Internet is a key starting point and will transition to a more open approach with the concept of “access” being replaced by Ambient Connectivity™ as an architectural model.