Time and place shifting began with TiVo and is now enhanced by technologies from companies like Sling Media and Orb that allow viewers to watch TV from a laptop connecting to home remotely.
Orb says that it takes the "home" out of home entertainment. But this trend is much larger than TV. Companies are shifting work to cut costs, speed operations and free up local employees to do other work. Fixed time and place are becoming liquid as the boundaries defining work and home dissolve.
"Today we have liquid time and place like never before," said John Gustafson, Computational Scientist SCL Associate Scientist . "In the past we were limited by where we could run wires, but we're no longer confined by wires or clocks. The network facilitates new dimensions of reach, new spaces to infiltrate and new innovation."