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  • "Cyberspace" is dead

    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1...art.html?pg=10

    Wired says the term is outmoded. It must be so! Here are the replies they got for a replacement:

    William Gibson: TBA (I guess)
    Steve Jurvetson: Augmented reality
    Vint Cerf: Ubiquitous Computing
    Paul McFedries: Infosphere
    Katy Börner: Global Brain
    Neil Gershenfeld: The World

    I'd vote for metaconsciousness, although I'm liking "global brain"
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  • #2
    Originally posted by bascule
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1...art.html?pg=10

    Wired says the term is outmoded. It must be so! Here are the replies they got for a replacement:
    [snip]
    My vote:
    "LBFNOMWK"
    "Large But Finite Number Of Monkeys With Keyboards"

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    • #3
      Pr0n repository gets my vote
      Never drink anything larger than your head!





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      • #4
        How about "interconnected networks" or Internet? (Oh, wait, Wired said it is now the "internet" with a lowercase "i".) Or "Big Ass Network" (the BAN)?

        As for Renderman's suggestion, Wired has a link to something called "Inforporn" on the side ... that sounds about right.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Voltage Spike
          As for Renderman's suggestion, Wired has a link to something called "Inforporn" on the side ... that sounds about right.
          Which has nothing to do with what it sounds like it should (yes I checked).

          I keep thinking back to the Futurama episode where the crew goes 'online' VR style and at one point Fry exclaims 'Thanks to the internet, I'm now bored with sex'.

          Other ideas:
          Pr0n-o-rama?
          Spamfarm?
          Ad-world?

          If the Internet is the sum of human knowledge, we know an awful lot about 'me too!'
          Never drink anything larger than your head!





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          • #6
            Controlled Chaos
            Delicious Poison:

            The difference between a nerd and a geek? Well a nerd does not wear Spider Man butt huggers.

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            • #7
              'Heap of shit'.

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              • #8
                while the term cyberspace may be dead (or dying) i don't see its expiration creating a cultural vacuum. in the future, the entire IP based communication infrastructure will not even be regarded in a distinct way.

                many people have used the analogy of the power grid... to someone from the mid-19th century, this is an astonishing development and something that would stick out in their mind (i.e. - power lines and huge towers dotting the landscape, infrastructure in people's houses, etc etc etc) while our generation barely takes notice of such things. this analogy applies to the internet/cyberspace as well. our children (and especially their children) will not regard it with the same mental categorization that we do.

                if it's talked about in a direct way at all in the future i believe it will likely just be "the net" ... one all-consuming network that powers and supports everything. long live IP... it's imperfect but gloriously simple and capable. (noobs who have never read the World of Ends piece should put down their crack pipes and their beer bongs and do so right now to fully understand what those of us who praise TCP/IP mean)
                "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                - Trent Reznor

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                • #9
                  As hackers we all like old movies, think alot, and are raving political lunatics. I propose a simple naming scheme for the new internet.

                  Take one part scary totalitarian government overtone, "Global", one part philosophical jibber jabber, "Cognizance", and for the finishing touch use a classic movie reference, "Thunderdome".

                  I propose that the internet should be called the "Global Cognizance Thunderdome". It makes a good acronym for use when the man starts bringing the brothers down, "Bernie, we hear that lately the NSA has been monitoring your messages over the GCT..."
                  The dude abides.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Xodia
                    As hackers we all like old movies, think alot, and are raving political lunatics. I propose a simple naming scheme for the new internet.

                    Take one part scary totalitarian government overtone, "Global", one part philosophical jibber jabber, "Cognizance", and for the finishing touch use a classic movie reference, "Thunderdome".

                    I propose that the internet should be called the "Global Cognizance Thunderdome". It makes a good acronym for use when the man starts bringing the brothers down, "Bernie, we hear that lately the NSA has been monitoring your messages over the GCT..."
                    You put entirely too much thought into that. Whatever your on, cut the dosage and sent the remainder to me.
                    Never drink anything larger than your head!





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                    • #11
                      Online. IRL is offline.

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                      • #12
                        I still approve of William Gibson's characterization...


                        Consensual Hallucination (ConHal or slurred, the Conal)
                        "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bascule
                          Ha ha ha... I like that one. If only that guy knew how many people would be amused if they called it that.

                          Seriously though, I vote to call it "the seedier side of life...with a geek twist!"
                          One Nation Under Surveillance
                          "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength."

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                          • #14
                            The World sounds too military-like
                            Delicious Poison:

                            The difference between a nerd and a geek? Well a nerd does not wear Spider Man butt huggers.

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                            • #15
                              Cyberspace was stillborn

                              How about ecybertechnosteamingpileofdogcrap.
                              Why does "the media" need to prefix everything with e, cyber, or and tech?
                              I'm sure I have left out several annoying prefixes...feel free to add yours below.
                              "It's much more fun to be sand, than oil, in the machinery of life." - unknown

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