From Dial up to Fiber

Updated: May 28, 2019

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Oh to be connected. You hoped it would get connected this time. Then you got onto the internet, went to one of your pages or email and waited for it to load. Got a pop out of fridge and came back and it’s 72% loaded - almost there. We were cooking at 56 kbps. Believe it or not, that was just around 20 years ago. That was Web 1.0.

Did I mention your cell phone? Oh that's right - most of us did not have a cell phone. Only 32% of us had a cell phone, and it was not a smart phone. It was simple 10 button regular or maybe a flip phone. And for some of us, it was the size of a brick. You didn't take pictures yet, you didn't text very much yet, you just made and received phone calls. How did you survive?

So in the the time that my daughters were born and are now finishing college, they have traveled through a whirlwind of technological changes. I think about previous generations and what whirlwind did they go through? The TV generation. The Home phone generation. The Radio generation. All technologically speaking of course.

Skip ahead 10 years and we have high speed internet, we have a computer or 2 in our home, the PDA and the start of the SmartPhone. And guess what? That phone you have in your hand reading this blog, was just introduced for the first time. Yes the iPhone. Ten short years ago. Most of us didn't even have one and now it is a staple of our daily electronic diet. Holy smokes, we can now see our calendar, beam our contact information to the person next to us (gotta get it lined up right and it will work), and take pictures. Web 2.0 has entered our realm with social media and, boy oh boy, have we finally hit nirvana. While the Americans’ world has become very dependent on Web 2.0, only 25% of world population has access to the internet during this time.

Fast Forward 10 years to Today, 2019. Your family is all streaming different items and you are taxing your network. Add to it the communication for your security system, surveillance cameras, home phone service, Roku, Access Points, that computer in the corner, the printer(s), and the back-up drive. Then you have your music servers like Sonos or Heos, your lights, thermostat, electronic shades and doorbell. Even our Apple watch and our headphones that allow us to talk to others. We have a new lady in the house that tells us the news everyday as well as controls our devices (Alexa or Google Home). We have a shower that digitally controls the exact temperature we want. And what about our gaming system(s) and smartphones? Did you know we have an average of 8 devices per person that connects to the internet? Another side note, only 50% of the world has access to the internet today.

What does the future hold? Well, all I can say is “buckle in folks” because we are now going light speed. The coming changes are so big and unbelievable that it will be very hard to keep up. Your streaming video signal will soon be so large and complex that it will struggle to fit on your current ¼” thick wire.

At Aurora Technology we have started installing fiber optic cable inside the home. Pull a piece of hair from your head and look at it. That is the size of fiber and it has more speed than that multi-strand 8 wire twisted 1/4" thick cable you now have. Don’t worry, that cable is still good and will be used. It will just be handling the items that require less demanding applications or speed. But for everything else, you’ll need fiber optic cable. For example, 8K video will not travel far on that old wire, even when compressed. Then there is that list of things above plus so much more, such as:

· Virtual Reality (VR) – wearing a headset that displays your location and changes your perception of where you are through audio, video, and even senses.

· Augmented Reality (AR) – wearing glasses while walking down street and getting information about things you are looking at.

· Immersive Reality (Immersive VR) – virtual reality taken to another level where you are actually walking into another person’s office, shaking their hand with a glove that actually allows you to feel their hand shake, strength and all, then sit down in a chair or write on their board or paper, see out his or her window, all from your own office. We can explore areas of the world, climb a mountain, or play games just like we are actually there.

We will do open heart surgery via robotics in Africa at our local office. We will soon get in a car, train, or plane and it will take us wherever we want to go – safely, without anyone driving. All will be no problem coming across that hair you are holding called fiber optic cable. All this and more is Web 3.0 and is soon to be upon us (estimated at 3-5 years from now.)

I am excited and concerned about the future. There are a lot of ethical and psychological considerations with some of these advances, but I am confident we can handle them and make good decisions. At Aurora Technology, we have been preparing for this next phase in building construction. We are running a combination of fiber and Cat 6 or 7 wire in your home. Not just to your router and wireless access point, but to the corners of your house for cameras, to your bathroom for your mirror and shower, to your kitchen for your appliances, to your TVs so you can cut the cord from cable, to your windows for those electronic shades that are controlled, and soon to your garage so you can connect your car. What will my grandchildren experience over their life? I cannot imagine what else is coming, but we will get it ready.

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