Connected devices and information:
Here are some examples of Internet applications that use specialized input devices, data bases, etc., in ways that give a hint of the future without an emphasis on eCommerce or journalism and publishing:
Seattle Traffic Webcams: This web site has a map with clickable links live pictures from over 75 cameras around Seattle, Washington.
Airplane Flight Tracking: Gives you minute-by-minute status of airline flights in the USA, including where they are, speed, estimated arrival time, and more.
Georgia Tech Wearable Motherboard: While this isn't an application yet, it is an enabling technology. It's a shirt that has been specially woven to be comfortable, yet lets sensors anywhere on the body be connected to a portable computer to be communicated elsewhere. Originally developed for the military (to detect bullet wounds and their effects in real time for battlefield medicine and triage), it can be used for regular medical monitoring and other applications.
Personal publishing examples:
http://www.silohome.com/ - beating swords into plowshares, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.
http://members.tripod.com/danhortonszar/ - wedding (UK)
http://members.tripod.com/karen_and_jamie/ - wedding (US)
http://uzbekland.tripod.com - Returning Peace Corps Volunteers site
http://www.genesis-foundation.org/ - infectious diseases
Prof. Lessig gave a talk at PC Forum 2000 where he mentioned the government forcing the telephone company to allow connected devices.
David Reed was one of the authors of the original End-to-End paper that is the basis of IP and for understanding why you can improve the "cloud's" speed and get benefit everywhere, yet be ready for unforeseen applications.
See also Bob Frankston's IP paper
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