Microscopic Smart Mobs [1].

Microscopic Smart Mobs.

BT is hoping the living habits of bacteria will bring order to future communication networks.

Researchers working for the company are studying bacterial colonies to help develop communication networks that will self-organise and self-configure.

They believe that soon many people will be carrying around or using so many small, smart devices that they will not have the time to do their own configuration. [Smart Mobs]

Articles like this generally leave me a bit bemused. While they describe way cool cutting edge stuff, I’m real sure I never want to carry so many electronic gizmos that they need to configure themselves because I don’t have the time to do it myself. Not to mention the complete lack of privacy such networked gadgets imply.