I have posted a few thoughts on the coming Internet of Things and the implications for cognitive communication over on the Microsoft on the Issues blog. As I have written in other pieces, I believe we have to rethink how we manage spectrum allocation and adopt much more nimble and flexible policies that leverage the emerging capabilities of cognitive radio. (See Spectrum Future Shock.)
Everywhere, anytime communication is a notable result of recent computing advances, but it's dependent upon available bandwidth, and that bandwidth is finite. Spectrum is, in many ways, like a natural resource that has to be managed judiciously, especially if we are to continue to advance the digital economy and leverage technology to drive innovation—to create new services, new business models, new ways of communicating and living for the betterment of society.