“The internet is changing the way we live, work, produce and consume. With such extensive reach, digital technologies cannot help but disrupt many of our existing models of business and government.” – https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/what-is-the-future-of-the-internet/
I want to talk about the future of the internet. I hold my hand up and admit I could be completely wrong but at the same time, I think there is a lot of evidence for how general structures are going to play out. So, lets dive in…
1#You are always online
Most obvious one first. Not only are governments, human rights bodies and every man and his cat trying to get online all the time, it is honestly getting easier year on year. Its hard to think 20 years ago you had to have a wire stuck in the back of a PC to get on, and even then it was your 28k modem that downloaded every page at the speed of a amazingly slow to do anything. Sharing a line in the house was common too. So, looking at that compared to now you see households are all wirelessly setup and every device is handily connected. The hard part usually comes when you leave your house, hitting blackspots and general crazy differences in user experiences. The future is blatantly going to have mapped out every spot will have internet and at acceptable speeds. Its interesting to think that even inaccessible places like underwater or caves etc… will they get it too or will they be deemed too much of a challenge/expense to deal with. I mean…. Google is already trying with project Loon https://x.company/loon/
Its no secret that present generations spend more time connected than the previous ones and its highly unlikely the next generation will have less reasons to go online. With this there is a reason to build on your digital house. Mobile devices let us access the Internet in the real world, but next -gen devices will project the Internet, or embed it, into the real world through a form of augmented reality. Google Glass pioneered this space, while Microsoft’s HoloLens looks promising to carve the path forward. Though augmented reality has seen some unsuccessful fits and starts, its close cousin, virtual reality, is starting to see significant growth amid the launch of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the upcoming PlayStation VR. The world wasn’t ready for AR a few years ago, but a few years from now, it will be.
#3 Machines are taking over
Its no secret that too many jobs to count are being taken over by machines. This is causing quite a stir with a lot of people and there will be a revolution of sorts to come (lets hope it’s a peaceful and positive one). Every sector is affected by this and year after year there seems to be new and creative ways to tackle the job market making people redundant. As we struggle to find the balance, we’ll undoubtedly encounter hurdles of joblessness and unbalanced resource distribution—but these are short-term drawbacks of a more connected, richer world.
#4 Privacy is gone…
Your privacy rights are being stripped. This isn’t really a future prediction as its already happened. If you have a smart phone or you use social media you’ve already forfeit your rights to privacy. In turn, you are sold to using your own information. It’s a very straight forward swap. Usability and information for your privacy. Honestly, I hope I’m completely wrong about this but most people will never truly care about the stakes they have given up. It seems harmless enough… but it’s all you’ve got.
I want to write more about this in the future. It’s a topic that has many avenues to branch into. Consider this a part 1.