Always On

Friday, August 19, 2011

Brian X. Chen explains how the iPhone is opening the door to what he calls the "always-on" future, where we are all constantly connected to a global Internet via flexible, incredibly capable gadgets that allow us to do anything, anytime, from anywhere. In Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future—and Locked Us In, he explains the far-reaching implications of this future—both positive and negative—throughout all areas of our lives.


Brian X. Chen

Comments [9]

device weenie.


Aug. 20 2011 06:01 PM

david spence is on to something...

Aug. 20 2011 06:00 PM

Device-adled people are the the number ONE scourge on humanity.


Un Plug. Tune In!

Aug. 20 2011 05:59 PM
david spence

brian chen,sounds like such an abrupt jerk.

Aug. 20 2011 10:01 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought the issue about the name "Apple" was that it was the same as "Apple Music"--in fact, didn't the Beatles sue Apple over the name?

Aug. 19 2011 12:38 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Actually, the future is when our brains are directly connected to the world network, and we are all paid just to think original thoughts! Someday, all physical work will be done by robots, and all human brains and their ideas will be farmed by the network.

I had an idea for a novel with this idea back in 1983, before I ever heard of the INternet, which I called the General Operational Directorate (the G.O.D) but never actually got far with it.

Eventually, we will all be mentally integrated into the network, and all education and intellectual work will be via it. We won't have to carry anything; the chip will be implanted at birth.

Aug. 19 2011 12:38 PM

That the music industry has benefited from digital downloads or digital technology at all is a debatable point.
What is not debatable which Mr. Chen does not acknowledge is that the huge success of the iPod, iPhone, the iPad and the iTunes store was and is built on the back of music having been marginalized monetarily.
Further, after Mr. Jobs hoodwinked the labels with his "Mac only" pitch for iTunes, he also kept the music industry at bay for many years when the industry rightly wanted to raise the price of downloads.

Aug. 19 2011 12:32 PM
Arnie from Garden City, NY

My iPhone 4 was just recently stolen and, at the time it was stolen, was not locked. Whoever stole it turned it off immediately to avoid being tracked. Luckily, I was able to send a complete remote wipe to the phone, so once it is turned on, all the data on the phone will be wiped. After this happened, I felt completely violated as I basically have all of my personal information on that phone, including pictures, mapped bookmarks of places I have been, texts etc. Even though smart phones make our lives easier and more convenient, when in the wrong hands, these phones can completely expose us and make our personal information vulnerable. I recall the days when a cell phone was just a phone. I kind of miss those days.

Aug. 19 2011 12:32 PM
Jerry from ny

can WiFi signal be hacked as easy as phone signal?

Aug. 19 2011 12:27 PM

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