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The real meaning of…. Killer apps, Kyoto, Keyword stuffing and Knowledge

We live in a software defined world, where fulfilment is only an application away. What wouldn’t you give to be able to write a killer app? (Well, apart from giving a major portion of your life over to learning a series of indecipherable and limited languages).  Killer, in this respect, means mass market, rather than homicidal. Although there is big money to be made in writing motorway blocking, car crashing, hospital paralysing ransomware and bad virals. 

Here’s a thought, why doesn’t someone write some code that gives the internet a mild infection - nothing drastic enough to stop it working - which then stimulates the cyber body’s (un) natural defences. These inoculations could help the internet develop immunity. Who wouldn’t want to be the Joseph Lister of the Knowledge Economy? If only coding wasn’t the exclusive domain of a nerdish elite.

By the same token, there are millions of people willing to solve the environmental problems outlined in the Kyoto Accord, the international pact to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Although some call it the Kyoto Protocol, the fact that we couldn’t even agree on a single name doesn’t inspire confidence. 

Still, if nations can conspire to stop spray-can manufacturers from destroying the ozone layer with their CFCs, surely we could all work together to create some carbon killer apps. All we need is the knowledge to write code. Which is nigh on impossible to acquire online because most documents that float to the surface in your Google search were rendered unreadable by the practise of keyword stuffing. It’s frowned upon now, but the damage is done, and there’s a massive knowledge disconnect that makes the ozone gap look like a hairline crack. So thanks, all you SEOs out there, nice job! You’ve KO-ed the search for knowledge. 


Also read:

The real meaning of… ‘As A Service’

The real meaning of… Bitcoin

The real meaning of… ChatBots

The real meaning of Disruptive Technology

The real meaning of… the e-prefix

The real meaning of… Futurology

The real meaning of…3G and 4G

The real meaning of… Hard-wired

The real meaning of... Information Age - interruptive technology

The real meaning of… Jabber


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Nick Booth

Nick Booth worked in IT in the UK’s National Health Service, financial services and The Met Police, witnessing at first hand the disruptive effects of new technology. As a journalist and analyst, his mission is to stop history repeating itself.

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