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What happened to nature?
Kari A. Hintikka (M, 50)
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    Some thoughts about miniatyrization and the Internet of Things (IoT) inspired by U.S. Internet suitcase survival kit.

    As The New York Times told, U.S. is developing Internet in a suitcase. The idea is to create instant stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya.

    Phone as a server

    Andrew Lippman at MIT Media Lab has written much about viral communication and networks. One of his idea is, that mobile devices could be servers at the same time like peer-to-peer swapping networks on the Internet and there would besically no need to mobile transmitting towers or telecom operators. The only disadvantage with this kind of network is, that it will be reachable only in the area where there are enough cells (or devices) to keep network up'n'running.

    Internet in a suitcase seems to fill that gap. If the communication networks are (shut) down for example in country level, like in Iran 2009 and Egypt 2011, there would be instant Internet servers and communication servers with this project.

    But there are other uses for Internet suitcase also. After Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 2005, there were many common citizens restoring instant and local Internet internet infrastructure, ham radios and other means of communication while the public sector of U.S. was incapable to do almost nothing for several days.

    Instant infrastructure, just add a water

    There are several interesting feature with The Official Internet Suitcase. First, why create jus a communication kit? Internet of Things (IoT) offers many possibilities to get intel from physical places. With IPv6, every pieces of the Internet suitcase equipment could have their own IP-address. They could sense the environment, for example to track soldiers and military vehicles. For example, instead of just spreading bombs, NATO could has bombed Libya with tiny Internet trackers scattering them around Libya. These transmitters could change intel together for rebels and NATO command center.

    Collapsed technical infrastructure is just not for communication and delivering basic needs, like electricity. Centralized infrastructure is actually the nerve system of 'modern' society. If it somehow collapses, modern society freezes.

    On the other hand, I've seen, read and heard about countless cases about setting temporary infrastructure, like Konemetsä techno raves in wood in Finland. One of the biggest temporary infrastructure invasion was at Seattle 1999, where globalists de facto created another communication ad hoc infrastructure beside the official - and also used the official version. Nowadays, for example in urban riots or in summer party, it is just a matter of minutes to set up live video stream (Bambuser), announce about the gathering in Twitter and Facebook etc, organize it in wikis and Etherpad etc. Actually, there have been several "Internet suitcases" for years already, U.S. is just innovating an easy-to-use consumer version of them.

    But in the future, this is not just a matter of silicon. After some serious biohacking during next decades, I suppose that it is possible to carry lightweight food, for example. And get the electricity from the sky. And. like food, to carry some bio-based material as camping settlements.

    In the future of wars and catastrophes, it is possible to reinfrastructure the targeted physical area very quickly, remotely or on the places, friendly of hostily. Which actually means a society in suitcase and later in pill box. Again, this inspires to several thoughts :)
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