Did Star Trek foreshadow social and visual networking? Could it actually serve as a bit of a Nostradamus for this and future generations? Stay with me now, because I think yes.. Remember the Vulcan mind meld? It was”a procedure that involved physical contact with a subject (though instances of mind-melds without contact have been seen, according to my trekkie friends -if you ask them they will you about it in great detail…), making it possible to share thoughts, experiences, memories, and knowledge with another individual.” Voila, collaboration of the highest order. And, with the integration of video into this equation, the world of communication and collaboration will be life and business expanding. In a sense, it’s a path to meld the various modes of communication together seamlessly throughout all aspects of our Connected Lives, at home, at work, and on the move.It’s no secret we’re on a path to uber communication and collaboration. First it was text. Then is was two-way communication. Then audio and sound joined along and even video. But, now it’s a mash-up world where visual networking is more than a two-way street. In the oft-cited work by Dr. Paul Lester, attribution is given to educational psychologist Jerome Bruner of New York University for finding that”persons only remember ten percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they read, but about 80 percent of what they see and do.” In other words, seeing is believing and retaining.As a result, visual networking will play an even greater role in the way that we communicate going-forward. And, it will place increasing demands on bandwidth and quality. A truly connected life must ride within an intelligent network that will adapt, expand and prioritize to help realize the full impact that visual networking can offer.