June 5, 2014

The Future of the Internet

The Internet has made many changes in the life of everybody in today’s society. People connect to each other in multiple ways. There are always new ways to connect with friends and family. Nevertheless, the Internet and the World Wide Web are still relatively young. The public web is scarcely 25 years old, still growing and doesn’t seem to stop showing improvements for the future.

Many people think that the Internet will become like electricity during the next decade, you can almost see it out there, though it is quite relevant and related to your life. While it is true that the Internet will continue to grow, some experts conclude that there could be many implications. In fact, there will be many changes on the internet, but the way these changes will affect the people’s lives is still uncertain. According to some surveys, people think that the changes and innovations on the internet can be as much as positive as negative. Interpersonal ethics, surveillance, terror and crime are the most important concerns.

Here I want you to read the following predictions over the Internet which are featured on a report released by Digital Life at 2025:

·        Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.
·         The spread of the Internet will enhance global connectivity, fostering more positive relationships among societies.
·         The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior.
·          Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially in regard to personal health.
·          Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change, and more public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.
·          The spread of the “Ubernet” will diminish the meaning of borders, and new “nations” of those with shared interests may emerge online and exist beyond the capacity of current nation-states to control.
·         The Internet will become “the Internets” as access, systems and principles are renegotiated.
·         An Internet-enabled revolution in education will spread more opportunities with less money spent on buildings and teachers.
·         Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.
·         Abuses and abusers will ‘evolve and scale.’ Human nature isn’t changing; there’s laziness, bullying, stalking, stupidity, pornography, dirty tricks, crime, and the offenders will have new capacity to make life miserable for others.
·         Pressured by these changes, governments and corporations will try to assert power – and at times succeed – as they invoke security and cultural norms.
·         People will continue – sometimes grudgingly – to make tradeoffs favoring convenience and perceived immediate gains over privacy; and privacy will be something only the upscale will enjoy.
·         Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks.
·         Most people are not yet noticing the profound changes today’s communications networks are already bringing about; these networks will be even more disruptive in the future.
·         Foresight and accurate predictions can make a difference; “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

From my point of view, I can conclude that the Internet will be comparable to all kinds of weapons invented by mankind. It is up to you the use you are willing to make of the Internet. Only you decide what to do with all the benefits and advantages that the World Wide Web and other webs render available for everybody. 



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