"The Grid" Replaces Your Internet

"THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds." (Full Story)

I usually ignore statements like the ones above. They usually give a few numbers, quote "promising" research, and predict a five to ten year time frame. This story, however, doesn't fit that mold. "The grid" came about as a part of CERN, and it will eventually lead to "cloud computing." Because much of the grid utilizes the networks of European Universities, students could be using the grid as soon as this fall.

The ability to move that much data so quickly will certainly change things.

What changes do you think this could cause (pending it truly gets used by the mass public)?

[Story via timesonline | Photo via trmk]