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2016: A Peek at Our Internet Future

June 3, 2006 by  

There’s an interesting article predicting the future of the Internet 10 years from now in 2016.

The biggest shift over the next ten years will be one of attitude, as our mindset of “going online” is replaced by one of “being online”. This change has already started, as telephones and televisions become more integrated with the Net, and connectivity will grow to include everything from your morning alarm clock to the book you read before falling asleep at night. The “Internet” will no longer be a destination, but the essential glue that holds our world together.

In addition, the term “global village” is becoming a reality:

But this improved technology won’t be the true revolution; the real change will occur in our culture, and how we communicate with each other on a global scale. You can start to get a sense of this today if you visit the popular video Web site YouTube.com. The first thing you’ll notice is that many of the most popular videos are from all over the planet. Within the top fifty videos you’ll discover homemade music videos from China, sports clips from Eastern Europe, and even cute pet tricks from South America.

At first glance these amateur videos seem to be crude in quality, but these memes are in fact the first real taste of the “global village” first envisioned by Marshall McLuhan in the 1960′s. It’s no small coincidence that the concepts of portable computing (the Dynabook concept as envisioned by Alan Kay) and the first computer animation also date from the 1960′s. Those seeds planted years ago will dominate the cultural landscape of 2016, and the garden that grows from them will be an international one.

I personally predict that the increase in Internet speed and bandwidth capacity will eventually enable everyone to publish and host their own websites from their own home computer (this is already possible today for a small website). With practically unlimited bandwidth at your disposal, you can basically host your own video streaming sites, and withstand the onslaught of million of visitors to your websites daily. To manage and maintain such websites, new software will be created.

With P2P and bit torrent networks abound, this phenomenon is already taking place today albeit in a much smaller scale.

Other electronic devices such as hand phones, video recorders, digital cameras even microwaves will be able to connect and broadcast their hosted data directly to Internet.

Hosting companies will become redundant but those that provide specialized services such secure database storage, backup services etc.

With everything that’s going on, Google will be the king of the Internet because its aim to organise the world’s information will become closer to reality. For the rest of us, that would be a little bit scary.

What’s about you? What do you think the foreseeable future of the Internet going to be like?

Read the article: 2016: A Peek at Our Internet Future

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Comment by abe
2006-06-03 21:39:42

hmm.. a foreseeable future of the Internet in Malaysia? I think they better improve the streamyx broadband first before going ahead. haha.

 
 
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