Recently I have covered spying applications like “audio zoom“. Here is an excellent article about pCell, a technology that 1,000 times faster WWAN coverage. Though pCell may never become a reality for the cold, hard economics, something VERY interesting is common across such developments.
The common theme here is exploitation of interference or superimposition through multiple, yet small number of transceivers.
As a trend, I see that physics still matters to engineering even after computers got into our pockets 🙂 I also see that a phenomenon of wave physics called Interference is suddenly being paid attention to. So far technology (or the technology I know) has focused on brute force power of signals and number of transceivers. This is the first time I see “transceivers working together” yielding “sum bigger than parts”. This phenomena of exploitation of interference can be attributed to availability of cheaper and less power hungry processors. As time passes, we may see more and more such interference based technologies to emerge and help us better.
IMHO this could be a paradigm shift in technology as big as superheterodyne transmission (or the radio) , which had moved the possibility of information exchange much farther, faster and cheaper than earlier methods of base band communication.
Also, any such change brings up bigger changes in the way other branches of knowledge (like philosophy) perceives the world. I can see what kind of impact success of such technologies may have in our collective thinking. I can predict some philosophical ideas of future. However, this is largely a tech blog. So let us stop here 🙂