Hyperconnectivity- When Your Life Depends On It

The headshot accompanying this blog shows a clipped Cape Horn in the background. Recently I talked about Hyperconnectivity at the Government Tech Conference East in Albany. What’s the connection? At the conference I met (again) Neal Petersen, a motivational speaker, who was the first Blackman to race solo around the world. Now, that’s a sport that requires extreme endurance, can be life threatening, and yet is not suitable for TV! The rules in the Vendee Globe race, which Neal plans to enter in a few years, are simple: no land and no assistance in 60 foot monohulls designed for speed in the southern ocean (including around the legendary Cape Horn). And these skippers are hyperconnected. You can go to a web site and see a ‘dashboard’ with their exact position, speed and direction; weather conditions and forecast; access to audiostreams (“That last storm brought me to the edge”), video streams (they really are solo!), emails and chat. Now that’s Hyperconnectivity!
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