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IN the next ten years
Where will the internet be?

 10:22 pm on Sep 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Having seen how far we have come in computing terms since I receieved my first computer way back in the heady days of 1982, ive seen many a computer maker come and go the likes of Dragon and MSX.

In a time when 64K was considered a massive memory and 3D games were laughable (even then), too now with the likes Medal of honor and being able to buy from someone on the other side of the planet from your living room.

These were all things that I used to dream of as a kid all of which are now reality.

The question is whats in the next ten years?



 10:34 pm on Sep 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Total integration of the internet into other forms of communication. The URL (or URI) becomes a resource locator for pretty much everything (you would telephone me by calling "phone:trillian@mydomain.com").

Computers will continue to get faster, programmers will correspondingly continue to get lazier with their code ;-)

I'll have IPO'd my web company, enjoying a lavish lifestyle on my yacht in the bahama's whilst winning the Gizmo Quiz for the 9th year running via sattelite uplink from my RolexTM Surftime diamond encrusted watch-browser.


Actually I can scrub that last pipedream whilst Lisa's still around


 3:01 am on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

...whilst winning the Gizmo Quiz for the 9th year running...

Why, will bunltd retire in a year? ;)


 9:06 am on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think it will as much a part of our everyday lives as the tv, or telephone...I suppose it is already for many people.

I am hoping for some kind of link with supermarkets so I can just order my shopping from a control panel in the fridge. And a new port that can deliver pizza straight to you...mmm :-)



 10:45 am on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

what about a uplink so we can chat to people in the space station on the moon?

well maybe thats 50 years away?


 3:02 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Email is a lot better than chatware for conversations with those off-world, owing to the time delay in replies. Maybe the delay is not so bad between Earth and Moon, but further afield, to Mars say, the gap between what you say and the reply gets seriously bad. Email will just seem more natural for something like this. So no real change there, perhaps.

More generally, since the internet is a network of networks, just look out for what things people are networking together on their own. Then imagine these networks connected to everything else.

For the totally paranoid, check out Frederic Brown's 1954 short story Answer. (The year is not a misprint. Science fiction predicts everything.)


 5:34 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I still remember writing machine code for 8085 and experimenting with creating graphics on the old Vic 20.

Today? How many ways can you truly repackage e-mail and information before it becomes useless?

I think the current trend towards bloat in software, web content, etc... in the name of so-called "progress" is going to grow to the point where the internet may just collapse upon itself.


 9:04 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.


 9:58 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think the Internet will continue to grow in its use as a need-to-have appliance. Connections will get faster and many of our other household appliances will be web and/or network compliant. I also beleive that wireless LANs will continue to grow in use as more homes will have multiple computers and internet ready devices.


 10:53 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

<household appliances will be web and/or network compliant.>

Didn't I see already on TV a while ago an internet-connected fridge that re-ordered food as needed? Now all I need is self-cleaning fridge, one that throws out the suspicious looking jar lurking in the shadows at the back...

Or networked to the sofa maybe :-)


 1:51 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yeah LG has a fridge that's ads feature upper middle class people standing around a kitchen and laughing at droll jokes while toasting their friend on the fridge via webcam who can't be there. <rolls eyes>


 3:18 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Imagine a house controlled by a Windows computer?

Now imagine that same house, the computer is infected with a virus, turned into a zombie, or simply taken down by some security flaw.

No thanks....if I was paid a million dollars I wouldn't put my family in something like that.


 9:56 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Snowman has reminded me of another science fiction story for the paranoid, or just for anyone interested in thinking about over-dependence on machines.: E. M. Forster's 1909 novella The Machine Stops [american-buddha.com]. (Once again, the date is not a misprint.)


 1:15 pm on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

the internet may just collapse upon itself. - or just reinvent itself.


 10:05 pm on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

"IN the next ten years
Where will the internet be?"

Owned by Google!


 2:49 pm on Sep 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

The Internet will probably be in microwaves and stuff, so you will be getting spam while you are using it :)

Seriously I think it will be more intergrated into cell phones, cars, tvs, kitchenware and stuff like that.


 2:58 pm on Sep 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Owned by Google

People will probably be writing that oo by then, the way some people write M$ now.


 4:59 pm on Sep 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Very funny i like it.

I seem to think that the trend will that every day objects like phones and computers will be to an extent merged.

For example palmtops that you can make calls from etc.

Should be interesting


 7:35 am on Sep 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Holographic screens in your eyeglasses, so you can surf the web while you appear to be paying attention to the boss.


 8:52 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Dick Tracy (comic strip detective) will be sporting a Wrist Computer that responds to voice commands and locates criminals. -LH


 7:50 pm on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

In 10 years Ip's will become more longer. I had heard somewhere of Internet2 being visioned or developed? (Dunno for sure). But the thing is websites will evolve a lot as everyone will be having at least 512 MBPS net connection.


 12:51 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)


Yeah, I heard about I2 also. I don't know why they would call it Internet2 though. I heard it was just really fast.



 7:12 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

I thought there were enough IP's for every light switch in the world to have one.

dont tell me they are running out.


 7:41 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Voice controlled browsers and email. Big improvement in voice recognition.

Ability to dictate emails smoothly, and you can sit in front of your PC and just ask "Where is Portadown?" and a map of hell will pop up. (joking)


 6:32 pm on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oct 7, 2014: Everywhere I go on the net, I see Microsofts' ads for the opening of their new Theme Park in Europe, with a dancing paperclip at the entrance.


Everybody on webmasterworld is talking about making their site looks good in the lynx browser, since apparently 32% of surfers these days use it exclusively. NN4 is still at 1%. Webmasters keep on complaining about Google and being 'stuck in the permafrost.'

[edited by: lawman at 9:30 am (utc) on Oct. 8, 2004]
[edit reason] off topic [/edit]


 8:57 pm on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

I had heard somewhere of Internet2 being visioned or developed?

It's already being used - more info:



 10:14 pm on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

The primary goals of Internet2 are to:
  • Create a leading edge network capability for the national research community
  • Enable revolutionary Internet applications
  • Ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.

Anyone have the faintest idea of what they're talking about? Anyone believe that they have the fainest idea what they're talking about?

It sounds like managementspeak to me.

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