Intel’s Sean Maloney compares WiFi to the Web:
author Arthur C. Clarke’s line, “Any good technology is
indistinguishable from magic.”
You get the same feeling when you first use broadband wireless.
Sitting in San Francisco International Airport, watching rugby on my
notebook computer and synchronizing my Intel Outlook e-mail at warp
speed is a magical experience. I used to spend an hour and a half or
two hours a day futzing around, synchronizing my e-mail, as do so many
road warriors. Now (snaps his fingers), it happens like that. It’s
The era now does have analogies to 1994. You know that there is too
much hype. On the other hand, you know that it is going to change
Exactly right. The irrational exuberance is there, and the
uncertainty about where the killer apps will emerge, but underneath is
something real and lasting.