You’d think that given how pervasive the internet is, we’d be stuck with the fundamental architecture it uses: servers that many devices connect to for their information fix. But a team of Cambridge University scientists wants to shake things up—and remove servers altogether.
A project named Pursuit aims to make the internet faster, safer and more social by implementing a completely new architecture. The system does away with the need for computers to connect directly to servers, instead having individual computers being able to copy and re-publish content on receipt. That would allow other computers to access data—or, at least, fragments of data—from many locations at once.
Two of the LIS courses I took this winter were Information Architecture: Web Design for Usability and Emerging & Evolving Technologies. Both courses reviewed at some point usability and the user experience. Although one may think of websites or applications first when discussing usability and/or the user experience, the concept can be applied to any space or thing. There is a lot of choice out there for consumers – companies and organizations can improve the user experience to generate loyalty and increase brand awareness.