(Originally posted 2007-03-18.)
Here’s an interesting BBC News Article: Vehicle warning system trialled.
So let me see now, when we said the fridge would talk to the microwave – as everything would have an IP address – did we really envisage that they would Twitter? 🙂 Can you imagine “The Bloggings of an uncleaned fridge?” 🙂
And can you imagine what’d happen if my fridge started Twittering and next door’s microwave yakked back? 🙂
Seriously, I do like the “wisdom of crowds” element of cars talking to one another to relay traffic conditions. But I don’t like the idea (rather like programmed selling) that cars could all decide to take the same diversion? Or that one car could try to sucker the others into getting off its road.
So it might not just be humans that get smart enough to do this stuff.
And the reason I pick up on this peer-to-peer non-human stuff is because we’re used to central authority on things like weather, travel, road conditions… At least in 2 out of those 3 cars already pick up this information centrally. It’s a shift when it becomes peer-to-peer. Kinda like the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0.