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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/01/2011

The connectivity revolution

A cell phone connected to voice mail on the subway platform at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. (Mario Tama - GETTY IMAGES)
We noticed this interesting series of articles from the writers over at GigaOm Tuesday morning. The series is called, “How connectivity is revolutionizing everything.”

The series covers 10 areas that were fundamentally changed by a rise and improvement in connectivity: cars, work, stuff, data, media, identity, body, travel, Web and location.

Each article serves as a primer on one way in which life on Earth, at least in some parts, has undergone fundamental changes. For example, the car is now an “always-on” device, work is “no longer a place,” and the desire to own stuff, which is “so yesterday,” has been replaced by the desire to merely have access — thanks to the “sharing economy.”

Subsequent articles address the new power of big data, or the new “digital currency.”

And the media, as anyone who has taken a YouTube video of a breaking news event will tell you, is an increasingly collective endeavor. “We are all media now,” one headline reads.

Another point: When it comes to identity, which was once highly personal, there is an entire industry with “privacy and security implications” that are just now being explored.

The series arrives in the lead-up to the GigaOm Roadmap on Nov. 10 in San Francisco. The event features onstage interviews and moderated discussions with the likes of Jack Dorsey, creator, co-founder and executive chairman of Twitter and CEO and co-founder of Square; and Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb.

It appears that, given the nature of this spread, public relations for events is undergoing a revolution, as well.

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