Pogue on the Internet

David Pogue: One thing that’s been striking me is, how Neanderthal and crude our efforts at wireless are today. I firmly believe that I will be telling my grandchildren, “When I was your age, if I wanted to check my e-mail, I’d have to drive around town looking for a coffee shop. We had base stations in those days with 150-foot range. We did.”

It’s like it’s so obvious that wireless is going to be everywhere, like a cell phone is almost now. We’ll have our iPhones or our laptops and we’ll be able to check.

For your laptop now, you can get these really wonderful cards that get you onto the internet at pretty high speed wherever you can make a cell phone call, but it’s 60 bucks a month. It’s just still a niche thing for white-collar businessmen.

But I firmly believe that that will have to be the way we go. Wired stuff will still be good for the home, cable and DSL and so on, but I think the wireless is the area where we have the most advances yet to make.

Recorded on: May 15, 2008.

Our connections will all be wireless in the future, says Pogue.

Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies
  • There are 2 different approaches to governing free speech on college campuses.
  • One is a morality/order approach. The other is a bottom-up approach.
  • Emily Chamlee-Wright says there are many benefits to having no one central authority on what is appropriate speech.

Is there an optimal time of day to exercise?

Two new studies say yes. Unfortunately, each claims a different time.

Bronx, N.Y.: NYPD officer Julissa Camacho works out at the 44th precinct gym in the Bronx, New York on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday via Getty Images)
Surprising Science
  • Research at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences declares evening to be the best time for an exercise session.
  • Not so fast, says a new study at UC Irvine, which replies that late morning is the optimal workout time.
  • Both studies involved mice on treadmills and measured different markers to produce their results.
Keep reading Show less
Big Think Edge
  • The meaning of the word 'confidence' seems obvious. But it's not the same as self-esteem.
  • Confidence isn't just a feeling on your inside. It comes from taking action in the world.
  • Join Big Think Edge today and learn how to achieve more confidence when and where it really matters.