As this new wireless technology spreads to every corner of world, it's time that someone ask burning questions that are surely on everyone's mind: "How does Wi-Fi work, and can it mess up molecular structure of my brain?" Experts say not to break out aluminum hats quite yet. But I would keep them handy because no one's 100 percent sure low-intensity microwave radio waves aren't zapping our brains.
The chalkboard at local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Woodland Hills has sported a cryptic message in recent weeks. Under all usual promos for double no-foam strawberry-mint Ice Blendeds was this: "Wi-Fi coming March 7."
Wilfred Finnegan, live in performance?
No. For those of you still clacking away on a Commodore 64, "Wi-Fi" stands for wireless Latest News about wireless fidelity. It's technology that allows people to surf Internet with no annoying plug-in phone lines - at much faster speeds.
There's a quiet Wi-Fi Latest News about Wi-Fi revolution going on in Los Angeles, and across country. The only indication for those not in know are these small signs popping up at coffeehouses, public libraries, universities, airports and hotel rooms and even open public spaces advertising "Wi-Fi available." You may even live in a private Wi-Fi zone, as I do, thanks to an unknowingly generous neighbor who hasn't secured his or her Wi-Fi network.
Even city is getting into game with a six-month trial of a free Wi-Fi zone at Van Nuys Civic Center around Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Services Center, or MBSFVCSC, in conjunction with Woodland Hills company Aiirmesh Communications. More city-sponsoredhot spots Latest News about hot spot are planned downtown at Pershing Square and Little Tokyo.
Los Angeles itself may become one big hot spot one day soon. A panel of telecommunications experts is expected to report this spring on feasibility of city leading creation of a citywide Wi-Fi community network that every citizen in city could use for cheap or free.
It's already happening in Philadelphia, which is launching largest municipal hot spot in a few weeks, and Chicago is toying with Wi-Fi network idea as well.
As this new wireless technology spreads to every corner of world, it's time that someone ask burning questions that are surely on everyone's mind: "How does Wi-Fi work, and can it mess up molecular structure of my brain?"
Experts say not to break out aluminum hats quite yet. But I would keep them handy because no one's 100 percent sure low-intensity microwave radio waves used by Wi-Fi networks aren't zapping our brains. If Wi-Fi technology does turn out to scramble our memories or make us stupid, then we are already doomed. Most of us are surrounded every day by things that use same technology, most notablycell phones Latest News about cell phones, cordless phones and medical devices.