The evolution of the internet results in doing away with obsolete functions that have been superseded in some way, while at the same time introducing newer features and software. So, what will the internet look like in another two decades from today?
Let’s explore some of the things that have happened in the past three years and what you should expect from the internet of the future.
Permanent and Automated Internet Connection
Today, you can connect to the internet in different ways, the minutes-long dialling-up process which may be your only option if you’re in an isolated rural location. The most popular connection is broadband via TCP/IP. Either cable or fibre to the home and then you can access wirelessly within using your Wi-Fi password.
There is also the cellular network via your mobile phone, which is now a smart device that can perform a lot more than just phone calls and text messages. The cellular network is another way to connect to the internet. Use it when you are away from your home and via your phone your mobile connectivity can be shared between your devices, e.g. your laptop, tablet as well as other users when they have your permission.
Soon, you should expect internet connectivity to be steady and streamlined, with no need for any individual connection.
Namely, universal internet will eventually be realized, and the overlap between systems could create a layer of redundancy, which averts worries of poor connections and service breakdowns.
Machines Doing Every Job
Machines that can do various manual tasks are in existence, already. In fact, the machines are beginning to master the art of accomplishing high-level and intellectual tasks, such as security. If you combine this with the ubiquity of the internet, it means that reduced work and more resources will be directly available. In that light, you should expect the need for people to work to decrease together with the availability of jobs. This will lead to a somewhat balanced system.
As the world struggles to strike this balance, you will definitely experience a shortage of jobs and uneven distribution of resources. You should realize, however, that these are just short-lived challenges of a more connected, economically empowered world. Maybe you wouldn’t even need someone to tell you the best way to consolidate credit cards into one payment – a machine will do that for you.
An update here is the future of business and AI plus Machine Learning is used through business processes including marketing, accounting, customer support – think chatbots on websites and eCommerce sites.
Radically Improved Health Industry
In a few decades, the increased evolution of the internet will intensely revolutionize the medicine and health industry. For instance, implantable devices will become an everyday thing, since micro-technology makes them practically invisible. With these, it will be easy to prevent various diseases as they will alert doctors of things such as:
- Irregular cell counts
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Mortifying organ functions
- Cancer development
These devices would collect and disseminate data in real time over the internet, which would result in greater comprehension of the human body. Consequently, the world will boast a healthier population with a longer lifespan.
It’s also worth noting that such devices could be used for malicious purposes, such as inducing an allergy. In 2020, the COVID-19 virus is testing our health systems globally and how quickly we can create a vaccine.
Augmented and Virtual Reality Taking the Center Stage
While your mobile device allows you to access the Internet in the real world, next-generation devices will project the Internet into the real world via a form of virtual reality.
Augmented reality has experienced some challenges since the world wasn’t quite ready for it, but in a couple of years, it will certainly be. Conversely, virtual reality is steadily growing and we’ve already witnessed the launch of:
- HTC Vive
- Oculus Rift
With a continuous connection to the Web and more apps running our lives, you should expect privacy to become a significant matter of concern. In fact, it could be commoditized such that only the rich would afford to lead a private life.
The world wide web is constantly evolving. In that light, you should expect the internet to have undergone a dramatic change in a few decades, as we know it has surprised us so much in just a few years! Check back to this post in a few years time and we will add more insights into how the internet is evolving and what that might suggest for years to come.