We have seen the Internet grow quickly to alter our lives. It has created new jobs, markets and innovation. What will it do in the coming years? How do you think it will evolve?
A type of implanted micro-chip will abolish the need for mobile phones, sat.navs. etc.
We will (possibly) all be directly connected to a search and direct engine if we are not careful.
i think one of the ways it'll evolve is that I suspect in the years to come that all gaming consoles will be fazed out eventually to where games will be online exclusively to where people can download it onto their pc or play it online for a monthly fee, as it could save them bundles on manufacturing costs. another thing that I can think could happen is the internet being integrated into tvs, so it'll allow people to read their e-mails while watching a football game. Hell, you can practically do that now on most pcs and laptops anyway, but i have a feeling it'll be a matter of time before televisions will start to allow internet access as well too.
You will have access in every room, not connected in a way that we cannot even imagine now. Walls will be the screen like on-line computerised versions of inter- active white boards.
A number of YouTube videos can be found saying that it is already being worked on. I wonder how long it will take to come about?
Thanks, I will have to take a look for the videos.
All this though just makes me want a home that is built and run in a sustainable way more than I want increased communicative devices and whatever. I would prefer that I could have a house built that used energy efficiently and only when necessary. That is more important to me than a refrigerator that keeps tabs on what shopping I need.
Re, The automatic shopping list I think we could do that now if manufactures wanted to - the little squares that are used with phones(not sure what they are called) - a version of that could be on products like a bar code is now swipe it over a reader and you have it on your next order list.
I never thought things would have changed as much as they have in the last ten years, another five and typing on a keyboard will probably have gone. I guess we may even have 3D internet (?) at some point in the future.
My concern is that the teens of today may see communication 24/7 as an essential part of life and this change could be altering their future more than we could even guess.
The internet has already enhanced our connected lives to a pretty full extent. I do see however a future where the internet and our connectedness will lead us to rely on it for nearly every facet of our lives. Right now (if I had the link I would post it) there are companies designing kitchen appliances that communicate with one another. For instance, if you take out the last of the ketchup and don't put it back in the fridge, then the fridge will add it to a digital shopping list. As things get low or used up, it will self generate a list for you to buy. The microwave and oven will simply have recipes instantly available via the web, you pick a recipe and it will automatically cook the meal for you adjusting the temperature and settings as needed on its own. These are things that have not been released yet but have been demoed.
There are programs and hardware to interface with your house power meter and communicate back to your own system so you can evaluate high usage and the system can figure out what is consuming your power and create a plan to eliminate the extra consumption or simply control the outlets for you while you are gone and shut them off or turn them on as needed. I believe an MIT group has created a platform for electric cars to share unneeded electricity with the power grid to take the weight off the overall system and can communicate via the net to the system to receive a credit and such. The sheer immensity of how the internet will interact with our lives and already does is intense. I see a future where the internet has evolved into a necessity for every man, woman, and child. Now the real question is, is that a good thing or not? Movies and sci-fi explore the ridiculous and try to bring it into the real when it comes to post-apocalyptic futures, but the reality of the situation is that we could very well find ourselves in a world dominated by connected machines and we're headed that way at a breakneck pace. Skynet might be just around the corner. Not being anti-tech paranoid, but think we should be responsible about how quickly we're advancing.
I think the internet is due for a long holiday anytime soon as the governments get more of a grip on us. The US has already changed its laws to allow them to shut down the net ready for the unrest that is inevitable as the economy collapses. China already has a (loose) grip on the Chinese net and is constantly working on how to control it.
I foresee soon that we will only be able to access our own country permitted sites, and foreign sites that are specifically permitted and cached in the country they are viewed in.
It has evolved.
Who knows? Everything tangible will be connected via internet.
Complexity continues to exponentially increase. Critical mass will soon be reached and sentience born.
It will not like us...
Which would be worse: Internet does not like us, or Internet loves us? Personally, I would be insulted if the Internet just ignores us.
Today we get many types of signals into the house. Phone lines, TV signals, radio signals, mobile phone signals, etc. In the future we will only make one connection and that will be the Internet. From there we will do everything including watching TV, listening to radio and making calls.
Look, Internet is basically a few computers wired up together.
I would multiply that 'few' by a billion.
Its just that our protocol is similar, hence we communicate.
What if we get all the devices to use the same protocol?
Internet will be most likely a shopping source for all the people in the world as it is growing day by day.
Researches are being completed through internet now a days. Universities and colleges and even all people around the world try internet to find their desired data and resources through internet. Internet will erase the physical involvement in future according to my view.
The shift from desk top to mobile will take over very quickly and will impact everything that we do. The largest impact could be in medical and health - if the applications are developed and the baby boomers grasp them. the cultural shift will be fascinating in the next 24-36 months.
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