Jim Hendler and his colleagues recently announced a new future-gazing project The Tetherless World , based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I'm looking forward to meeting Jim when he visits us at the IOCT in a few weeks' time.
The new Tetherless World Constellation focusses on "increasing access to information at any time and place without the need for a “tether” to a specific computer or device. Researchers envision an increasingly Web-accessible world in which personal digital assistants (PDAs), cameras, music-listening devices, cell phones, laptops, and other technologies converge to offer the user interactive information and communication." This notion fits in very nicely with my work on cyberspace and the natural world.
However, sadly, I myself am currently extremely tethered. For over a month now I've had no broadband (and therefore no wireless) access at home. Thanks to Plus Net I can get to a free dialup line while it is being fixed, so at least I get to hear once again the dulcet tones of the connect, causing me to reminisce on some intense moments from a very long time ago, but that's hardly compensation for the fact that Googledocs is now completely unloadable; I can't watch any movies; can hardly stagger onto Flickr; can't upload large documents, and am condemned to Basic HTML view of Gmail. Usually I would pop in and out of Blackboard to work with my MA students but now I have to wait until I'm in my office. My connection is currently running at 41.2 Kbps and just like in the Olden Days I'm writing this in Notepad in case I lose anything. At this moment, I don't know how long it will take to actually upload this post into Typepad.