It used to be that porn lead the development of new internet technologies; now it’s particle physics.
THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.
At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, â€œthe gridâ€ will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.
The latest spin-off from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.
David Britton, professor of physics at Glasgow University and a leading figure in the grid project, believes grid technologies could â€œrevolutioniseâ€ society. â€œWith this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine,â€ he said.
Breaking news: The RIAA is crapping themselves right about now (or will be in about 10 years, when they once again drag their feet on adapting to new technologies and then blame the consumer for their own industry’s shortcomings).