"This is already happening. At major technology conferences, 802.11b wireless connections are provided or rigged up by visitors, like the co-host of the popular technology uber-blog BoingBoing.net, Cory Doctorow." (Beavis sez:heh-heh he said "uber" eeehehehe he didn't say "meme" I want memage: 'meme meme meme')
Quote taken from Justin Hall's piece at TheFeature a site about the mobile internet.
Also in follow up to the idea of "multi-modal communication tools in meetings" the article sez:
"Today, any conference with a technology bent is likely to be “live-blogged” - reported in real time over these Wi-Fi connections. In one famous story about the power of wireless-enabled blogs from March, Joe Nacchio, CEO of U.S. telecommunications company Qwest, was on stage speaking at the PC Forum technology conference. As he was complaining about difficulties of running a successful company, webloggers in the audience were corresponding over information about Nacchio’s recent extensive sales of Qwest stock. They posted this information, other people in the audience read it, and there was a mob heckling that ensued as people demanded accountability from the speaker."
Technology indeed has the potential to severely modify social interaction in public settings such as seminars, meetings, and concerts. The question I have would be 1) Will the outcome of said change be productive or subversive? 2) Will these technologies be readily adopted by the mainstream or simply specialized usergroups? I lean towards subversive at first but productive in the long run as speakers learn to articulate in public settings with reference and acknowledgement to weblogs, IM, and eventual Whuffie. I think they will start in small specialized groups, but that as demand for software enabled " personal telephony" increases software developers will intervene making this a standard feature. The biggest impediment will be the developer bloat that companies like Google and Blogger have been able to avoid, empowering people who still cannot program their old VCRs. While mobile phones calling a weblog are supposed to be the definition of a "moblog", emergent democracy in the form of peer to peer weblogs and Instant Messaging or text messaging could be the source for the next Bolshevik Revolution and therefore truly a "mob" of bloggers. But as we know from the history of this example; not all revolutions end in more freedom, as those who orchestrate a revolution scramble to hold their new found power. "Espresso, Hosting Space, Peace and All Power to the Bloggers." (beware of the All-Blogger Extraordinary Commission for Fighting Counter-Technology and Sabotage)