The Future of the Internet…

Posted: April 10, 2011 in Com 125 (b) Intro to internet

The Internet is a medium that is evolving at breakneck speed. It’s a wild organism of sweeping cultural change It’s transformative: it has transformed the vast globe into a ‘global village’ and it has drawn human communication away from print-based media and into a digital era.

So what’s the next step in its evolution, and what’s the big picture? What does the Internet mean as an extension of human communication, of the human mind? And forget tomorrow — where will the web be in fifty years, or a hundred? Will the Internet help make the world look like something out of Blade Runner or Minority Report?

Technology is EVERGROWING today.  Is this an understatement?

Many people think technology has risen to its peak and can no longer get any higher…Really?

The internet we’ll have in 2020 will look almost nothing like the one we have in 2011, from the information we access to the devices we use to connect. Can we predict exactly what it’s going to look like?

Almost certainly not, but we can see the seeds of it even now, and work out a few of the directions the industry will have to travel down to make it happen.

There are many companies today that are planning for the FUTURE… big firms have already taken the first steps…There are few predictions to how future internet would look like…

Google introduces the Google TV


Google states that 4 billion people across the world watch TV – but many of us are not getting the modern experience we expect of media in the Internet Age. With Google TV, Google plans to combine the familiarity of “old TV” with the freedom and power of the internet.

The goal of Google TV is to turn television and web into a seamless experience, giving you access to online content and videos from the comfort of your living room.

Google puts it this way: the traditional way to watch a television show is to wait for it to air on a network, meaning you change your schedule to match that of the show you want to watch.  The internet breaks that barrier, allowing you to watch shows whenever you feel like through outlets like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

With Google TV, you can watch online content out of the confined space of your computer’s monitor and instead play it on your TV together with standard TV content.

Google April-fool G-mail motion..but could this possibly be the future?


From traditional typewriters and keyboard, technology like g-mail motion has made life easier to communicate. Ergonomics have been improved using motions like human body language on a computer camera to reply and forward emails.

Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands.

Nokia introduces the thin ruler like Nokia 888…


Another ground breaking technology is from the mobile phone industry that has played significant role in improving the future of internet. Nokia 888 a thin ruler like structure shaped used for interacting in a form of phone, a satnav, daily routine guide planner or an organiser.

You dont have to carry it in your pocket or on your wrist. You can carry it anywhere, in anyform. You can roll it, bend it, put on your clothes like a clip. It also makes some form changes that makes it more ergonomical: i.e. when you want to talk on the phone, the body form turns into the form of the good old telephone.

It uses liquid battery, speech recognition, flexible touch screen, touch sensitive body cover which lets it understand and adjust to the environment. It has a simple programmable body mechanism so that it changes forms in different situations.

Electric cars…

Internet age has modernized the shape of gas-guzzling cars to eco-friendly that emits zero carbon pollutants in the air.  Using electricity to charge the car in a fraction of hour and moreover carbon emissions have led to enormous change in the climatic condition. Therefore continuous technology improvement have been developed to reduce emissions and collaborating internet interface in the cars as a medium to surf the net like google, social network, and satellite navigation.

Audio web surfing


Building the web with standards and accessibility in mind brings the internet to wide audience as possible. Using the text to speech technology allows the users to read the latest articles from the latest websites. Rather than reading and clicking, the audience can tell the browser where they want to go with spoken commands.

Technology has made every little thing possible to the use of mankind without sacrificing their time. Improving web interface has made the world come closer to another step of communication on virtual grounds.

Corning introduces the glass technology…


Imagine waking up in the morning where every object is interfaced with glass material and all we do is play around with the tips of our fingers from raising the bedroom curtains to functioning multipurpose appliance veneer glass to get things around for convenience in the years to come with the existence of future internet invasion.

Multipurpose Web device

Any electronic gadget in the near future would have access to the internet. Gadgets like refrigerator, microwave, bread toaster, and even electric-stoves would soon be seen accessing to the social network sites like facebook, twitter and myspace. This has been the mission of every electronic industrialist to have people access to their products with functionality and compatibility. This will be the biggest change in human evolutions to have their daily products compatible to internet on the go.

AND

So it seems…the internet never sleeps, it is awaken with every possibility to make its experience meaningful from surfing the net to being compatible to all household products. The future is uncertain, however the internet guarantee certainties.. it is the solution to all our problems.  Our lifestyles will completely change with the technology of gadget free devices.

Let’s hear what the CEO’s have to say…

I think that the best technologies are the ones that we don’t really even have to think about. Over time, as the Internet matures, it will become something that is completely inter-woven [into] the fabric of our lives and not even something that we specifically tap into, but is just always presenting information to us.

Jeremy Stoppleman, CEO of Yelp

Right now the Internet has been very computer oriented. There’s been this association, like you need  a computer to be connected, and I think that’s rapidly, of course, going away. You need a handheld device, and in the future you need a home entertainment system, TV, all connected to the Internet. So I think the Internet is going to be the invisible present power supply, and the boundary between some things that have boundaries today, like telephones, will go away. Television will go away. It will be the Internet, and there will be different display devices and different user interface or interaction devices, but that’s kind of how I see it…

Barry Glick, Founder of MapQuest

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2011/01/12/future-of-the-internet/

http://sixrevisions.com/web-technology/6-predictions-for-the-future-of-the-internet/

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