Thursday, August 29, 2002

Future peak

Mohsin, my colleague whose definitely enjoying his early fatherhood as much as he does his late-stage boyhood, taught me how to use iTunes. It's a CD playlist management software. One of the freebies -- from the Net. But what grabbed my interest was the online access that iTunes provides to a hundred or so radio stations from different parts of the world. Neat.

So this is the future of radio and music. A web-centric experience. It's got everything. Almost. Top hits from the 70s and 80s, Hard Rockin 80s, Flashback radio, Christian music, techno, electronica, hardrock, heavey metal, international (Jap, Dutch, Italian, others soon to follow, I think).

Imagine a time in the near future when every car that rolls out of factories comes with high-speed wireless access to the Web, along with ABS, seatbelts and airbags. You can drive your four-wheeler, probably running on hydro or fuel cell, in a desert Safari while tuning in to your favourite FM radio station or watching TV from halfway across the world. A retractable solar panel on the roof ensures that your vehicle's electronics will work, at least to give your coordinates, just in case a freak storm burries you in a heap of sand.

The coconut macaroons I ate in the car on my way to the office this morning was not all that bad...

08.29.02 9.45am


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