Feeds

Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

Innovation... We've heard of it

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

NSFW Celebrity billionaire tech investor Sean Parker thinks video chat is what the world needs most, and is putting his money where his mouth is.

Now pinch yourself that it isn't 1995. Video chat is the innovation that nobody has ever wanted, but has never gone away.

The Facebook and Spotify investor, who was a driving force behind the original Napster P2P file-sharing program, has a new venture called Airtime. Airtime might not offer much that Chatroulette doesn't, but Parker believes he can stop the inevitable spiral into filth by building in "abuse prevention" filters.

Parker believes that today's social media is impersonal and removes the human element.

“You are just clicking and never really engaging in a deep way with anyone. There is a lot lost, and the result is this sense of dehumanisation," said Parker, via the FT

But then you could argue the same about the telephone – and many did.

Video chat has been touted as the next upgrade for telephony since the 1960s – and since the modern world upgraded to fibre in the'80s, the capacity has been there to deliver it. As late as the early 1990s, major telcos featured video terminals in "coming next" vision-thing brochures. A few years later it was cited as the major consumer application for UMTS, or 3G. But today, even with free telephony and ubiquitous webcams, video chat hasn't broken out of its niche market of murky exhibitionists.

(An example of this filth can be seen below: NSFW)

Why does Parker think it's going to be different this time? And if we had a more sober and realistic idea of "innovation" really is, would a new video chat service even merit a paragraph in the Pink'Un? ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.