The Future of the Internet

The internet has been around for quite a while, now (in technological years, anyhow). If we stop to consider its age, we should be shocked by how far it’s come in so little time. The official beginning of the internet happened in the 90s in the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN). I won’t go into further detail–if you’re interested in reading about the World Wide Web and its history, you can find them on Wikipedia.

Surely if you’re here reading my blog post, you know something about the internet. But if you had to guess where we’d go from here, what would you say?

We’re at the brink of an age where everything is interconnected. “Internet of Things,” they call it. In short, the Internet of Things is a concept where everyday objects like your microwave or your home thermostat contain embedded systems that relay information to servers through the internet. The servers will then take the relayed data and use them to make your energy usage more efficient. This idea is already being implemented in smart TVs and refrigerators, as well as with Smart Grid.

Once we reach the point where everything is connected, though… what happens? Suddenly the smart tag on your shirt is telling your phone that you’ve been sweating a little too much and is showing you exactly where your water bottle is in relation to your body. It’s possible that everything that gets created gets its on IP address–I’ve heard that there are more possible IP addresses in an IPv6 network than there are atoms on the planet, so we won’t have to fear running out of addresses.

Then bam. Everything’s interconnected. By the time this happens, someone has to have found a better way for humans to communicate. The internet was a pretty big breakthrough and so is wireless internet, but so were television, radio, telephones and telegrams. The internet has reached a maturity, now, that I’m expecting a new form of communication within the next decade or so. It will be slow to catch on, like all means of communication before it, but it will make Internet of Things more feasible.


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