Information Paradox: Broadband = Brainband – Chris Uwaje

Information Paradox: Broadband = Brainband – Chris Uwaje



Is there information paradox? Oh yes. That is what makes the world go around in perpetual cerebral development wrestling for control of power! Why is the Band Broad?


And what makes it broad?


Is content, time and space (information) at the centre of the emergence of the Broadband? First, let’s imagine the footpath in the thick forest in villages all over Africa and indeed the world’s woodland. Therein resides the narrow road that leads to somewhere or indeed, sometimes to nowhere!

Those footpaths are so small, that only one foot at a time can flow – moving forward. Most of the time, the forest footpath can only accommodate one person at a time. Walking in line, one behind the other. Same analogy applies to horse and bicycle paths.

Viewed in microscopic scale, the path created by ants crawling in organized formation is dictated by the food chain information within the environment. Overtime, this path becomes enlarged and speeds-up the movement of the food (information) they must carry.

This information phenomenon is dictated by the population, content and frequency of users on that type of road. Over time, the footpath gradually enlarges as the community population grows. Industrial revolution enabled the manufacture of vehicular transport systems which required large and solid bitumen roads.


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Information Paradox: Broadband = Brainband - Chris Uwaje


Indeed, the information paradox resides within the dominions of the law of Physics. It first surfaced in the early 1970s when Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University, building on earlier work by Jacob Berkenstein at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, suggested that black holes are not totally black. Hawking showed that particle–antiparticle pairs generated at the event horizon – the outer periphery of a black hole – would be separated.


Information paradox came to a head in 1997

One particle would fall into the black hole while the other would escape, making the black hole a radiating body. Hawking’s theory implied that, over time, a black hole would eventually evaporate away, leaving nothing. This presented a problem for quantum mechanics, which dictates that nothing, including information, can ever be lost. If black holes withheld information forever in their singularities, there would be a fundamental flaw with quantum mechanics.

The significance of the information paradox came to a head in 1997. Hawking, together with Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US, placed a bet with John Preskill, also of Caltech. At the time, Hawking and Thorne both believed that information was lost in black holes. On the other hand, Preskill thought that it was impossible.

Later, however, Hawking conceded the bet. He disclosed that he believed that information is returned – albeit in a disguised state. (Physics world).

Now, let’s bring that home to Broadband proper. Since the ability to properly harness, organize, speed up and utilize critical information for sustainable development is critical. Similarly, the hidden and blatant loss (?) of particles in our national information system can be fatal to development. The term broadband is used to describe a type of data transmission in which a single medium (wire) can carry several channels at once.

For instance, Cable TV uses broadband transmission. In contrast, base-band transmission allows only one signal at a time. The band which is broad refers to utilization of broadband frequencies. It is a standard radio term which means that multiple frequency carriers are used to carry one signal. It describes the way ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) services work.

This has become a term to designate a fast internet connection.

Broadband = Brainband

Now, let’s not forget that we are really exploring content and the speed/rate of content delivery. So, we should not lose track of local content and its importance as we go on.

Now, it is instructive and very important to note that the growth of digital content, and especially paid digital content, is driving the growth of the creative sectors on all national economies that have deployed Broadband.

Reliable data informs that this factor is growing more rapidly than the nominal GDP in most broad-minded markets. In fact, in Australia, South Korea, and Japan, all the growth in creative industries are driven by digital media.

For example, global advertising and marketing revenues are predicted to and grew at 5.5% to $1.3 trillion in 2018. This marks the fastest growth in 10 years. Also, global digital and alternative media revenues witnessed 11.6% growth in 2018 to $496.08 billion. This accounted for over 38.2 percent of total revenues.

Meanwhile, this trend is happening at a time when most State Governors in Nigeria are ignorantly chasing IGR (Internal Generated Revenue) by blocking ‘Right of Way’ for Broadband deployment!

Today, digital games are large drivers of online payments, particularly in Korea and Japan. There, the Internet is driving increased per capita gaming spend for both PC and app-based games. Worldwide digital game revenue is on track and may hit $118.2 billion in 2019, thanks in part to “Fortnite’s” success.

This success which was responsible for $2.4 billion on its own ‘Free-to-play’ gaming which accounted for 80% of the year’s digital gaming revenue as at January 2019.

Indeed, digital Games grew by 13% in 2018 to 119.6 billion in 2018. Why are all these statistics necessary? Where does all the revenue come from? Content. It’s all about content and content represents the Brainband!


Let’s Brainband it NOW!

Mathematically therefore, Broadband = Brainband. Also, by extension: Broadband+Brainband = Improved GDP and National prosperity.


Information Paradox: Broadband = Brainband - Chris Uwaje


Now let us further purify the narrative by exploring the automobile roads we drive on today. In 1960 (at Independence), most of the roads we see and drive on today were just one or, at best, two lanes. At that time, Nigeria’s population was about 45.2 million people.

Bicycles were more prevalent than automobiles.

So, the need for broad roads were not necessary. But today, we have super-highways, fly-overs and luxurious cars flying on them with super-loud sirens branding document acclaimed as license issued to and from heaven with impunity.

All those cars are foreign content – acquired at colossal cost to the nation, from our common heritage.
Unless we digitally Brainband our development strategies around the boundaries of Software solutions, products, services and manufacture of active intelligence for purposeful innovation and national security, our survivability in the digital future becomes a tale in the moonlight.

Our Roads today are Broad, but do they carry our Brainband? No, they don’t! Let’s Brainband it NOW! The most important lesson learned from the above narrative is that the information content on our roads from the 1960s to-date are foreign…. Including the engineering content of the road as constructed. The bicycles, the Kekes, motorcycles/Okada and cars that ride on them.

Not only that, the shoes worn by those that walk on them and coats worn by Elite users as well as books in our educational institutions and read by most of our people and finally, the modern buildings! That is the quantum price we paid for foreign content and still counting.

As I write, we are still paying heavily for lack of appreciation, patronage and preservation of local content knowledge utilization.


Broadband must be equal to digital Brainband (Local Content)

This is predominantly due to deficiency of organized, data, loss of critical information and deliberate distortion and indeed, deliberate sabotage of local content.

A highpoint of our Information Paradox and case in point is the recent claims for fictitious payment of about $9.6billion by Nigeria.

A cooked-up information from a mushroom company in Ireland demanding Hocus-pocus payment on invisible project – miraculously undelivered to our Oil & Gas sector!

Information Paradox is an endless loop-hole and manipulation chamber for cooking-up ridiculous scams. Example of another mind-blowing scenario is the N3.3billion fake deal of 2006 involving Skanga Energy and Marine Limited. Also involved is Lucky Igbinedion – former Edo State Governor and suspected Venezuela’s conman (Francisco Gonzales).

Recent documents in United States District Court informs that the legal bid by Lucky Igbinedion to recover the scammed N3.3billion money has been quashed!

Today, the game changer embedded in the 4th Industrial Revolution (apologies: 4th Data Revolution) is the presence of digital content. Therefore, for developing countries, Broadband must be equal to digital Brainband (Local Content). If not, their national Broadband infrastructure would be flooded with foreign content (IP).

This translates to: “generations-next will continue to pay massively for what we already have in abundance. The ability and knowledge to digitize information into intelligence for constructive development”.

AI development will soak-up some of the data processing jobs we used to do. However, it will equally create new and more jobs for digital Games developers and creative content space. Imagine for a moment that Game apps are leading the surge in Japan, where expenditure per capita grew by a total of 232 percent between 2010 and 2015, mainly driven by the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets.

Overall, the value of the creative sector is astronomically increasing.


It is time for the youths to be heard!

Digital transformation is today enabling the spread of local and international content across very large underserved populations, especially in economies of the developing nations. Interestingly, the youth are at the centre of the value chain of the digital Ecosystem. And it is time that they must be heard loud and clear.

Based on Internet resources: ‘As more time is spent online and consumers can legally and more cost-effectively access content, the overall value of the creative market is growing. In South Korea, the Internet’s contribution to the total value of the creative sector is particularly high — fully 35 percent in 2015 — since digital is increasingly part of most consumers’ DNA there. Japan’s and Australia’s creative sectors are moderately digitized. Their proportion of digital media content is in line with that of other developed markets such as the U.S., the U.K., and France.

“Moreover, every country’s creative sector has been growing faster than its nominal GDP, although that growth is faster in developing markets, as developed markets become more mature’.

In South Korea, for example: ‘People are spending more time consuming both the traditional and digital output of the creative sector, almost entirely due to the Internet’.


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In Australia, people spend an average of 9.7hours a day consuming content. This is up from six hours a day four years ago, with almost half of this time being spent on the Internet. Similarly, growth in time spent consuming content on the Internet ranges from 5 to 11 percent annually across Thailand, India, and South Korea.

Today, we are witnessing the rise of a consumer-creator model that has broken down the barriers to the creation and distribution of content.


We must develop our Info-Tech Innovation Parks

Consumers are increasingly participating in infotainment and video content creation through forums, blogs, and social networks, and social media platforms have enabled users to convert their passions into careers by making their work accessible to millions of users around the world.


Information Paradox: Broadband = Brainband - Chris Uwaje


The future of work, leadership and governance is nanoseconds away. We must now acknowledge that digital content is at the heart of the emergence of a cultural renaissance, thanks to citizen journalism and windows of rare opportunities for content creators to showcase and dispense their products, solutions and services on the unlimited shelf space of the Internet.


Nigeria is capable and should be strategizing on the importation of her Brainband local content to the world to yield significant benefits beyond Oil & Gas.

The entire African market of 1.3 billion people is waiting. It can be ours with accelerated foresight and distinction if only we put on our thinking hat to disrupt the momentum. Let’s resolve the digital information paradox that hunts us.

All our ICT Infrastructure must be IPv6-ready to compete exponentially in the 5G intensive landscape. Let’s Brainband it now to save and secure the future of generations yet unborn. Way to go is to aggressively develop at least 100 Information Technology Innovation Parks within the next four (4) years. Certainly, this will accelerate local content and reposition us for the constantly evolving information superstructure.

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.
Lilian Osigwe

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