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




msg:294727
 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?

 

trillianjedi




msg:294728
 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.

TJ

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

photon




msg:294729
 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? ;)

justkate




msg:294730
 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 :-)

Kate

rj87uk




msg:294731
 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?

TheDoctor




msg:294732
 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.)

snowman




msg:294733
 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.

john_k




msg:294734
 9:04 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

krieves




msg:294735
 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.

herewego




msg:294736
 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 :-)

Teknorat




msg:294737
 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>

snowman




msg:294738
 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.

TheDoctor




msg:294739
 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.)

Essex_boy




msg:294740
 1:15 pm on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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

EarWig




msg:294741
 10:05 pm on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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

Owned by Google!

shigamoto




msg:294742
 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.

saoi_jp




msg:294743
 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.

Essex_boy




msg:294744
 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

grandpa




msg:294745
 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.

Larryhat




msg:294746
 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

morpheus83




msg:294747
 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.

GuitarZan




msg:294748
 12:51 am on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hey,

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

C.K.

Essex_boy




msg:294749
 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.

giggle




msg:294750
 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)

mincklerstraat




msg:294751
 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.

<snip>

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]

bcolflesh




msg:294752
 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:

[internet2.edu...]

TheDoctor




msg:294753
 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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