Over the past 25 years, the Internet has become a central part of our everyday lives. Even so, there are still over three billion people in the world who don’t have access to broadband internet. Thanks to a combination of new technologies, this will change rapidly over the next 5 years. This change will open a wide range of potential opportunities and vulnerabilities as the Internet experiences its largest, and final, population boom. In this episode, Jim and I discuss key aspects of the Great Connecting, including ways to prepare for, and participate in, this transformative event.
- The technologies that will allow the parts of the world who don’t have internet currently to have it in the next two to three years – 5:59
- What potential benefits and vulnerabilities the internet will bring to areas that previously didn’t have it – 10:33
- Why the benefits of the internet and social platforms outweigh the negatives – 20:53
- How companies can prepare for and participate in this great connection – 25:01
- What roles AI will play in this future state of connectivity – 30:02
Jim Cashel is the co-founder and chairman of Forum One Communications. As Forum One’s Chairman, he works with the senior management team on strategic and leadership issues, helping to support a continuing mission of applying new and promising technologies to address societal problems of importance. He has a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical. In 2018-2019 Jim was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He also recently published the book The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband and How That Changes Everything.