It’s hard not to notice how much our technology has changed over time. The Internet is changing the way we live, work, create and consume content and information. With such extensive reach technology can’t help but interfere and disrupt our existing models of business and the way we earn, save and spend.
Both utopian and dystopian visions of the future of Internet exist. It’s possible to imagine many different visions of what may come one day by looking at people’s greatest hopes and fears of the digital future.
Imagine a beautiful summer morning of 2040. The Internet is everywhere, all around you and all the things that you’ll be doing during your day fall into place, thanks to the data streams flying across the internet. Buying your kids presents is easy because their data tells your shopping service exactly what they like. Best of all, you survived a near-death incident because doctor’s had easy access to your medical history.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? This is the future where data powers everything.
Artificial Intelligence that helps us manage our workloads better will most likely contribute to a less messy and more streamlined online work where scheduling headaches and email overloads are a thing of the past. Mobile devices let us access the Internet in the real world, but next generation Internet will probably project the internet in the real world through a form of augmented reality.
The Internet will be more reliable than a school teacher. The Internet currently provides access to education like never before with existing sites like Khan Academy and Wikipedia, and clearly, these resources will get better overtime. Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, believes that the “biggest impact on the world will be universal access to all human knowledge. The smartest person in the world currently could well be stuck behind a plough in India or China. Enabling that person — and the millions like him or her — will have a profound impact on the development of the human race.”
The Internet will make us lonely. In today’s world, for example, if you’re attending a party, you see more than 70% of the crowd’s eyes are glued to their phones. Interactions have definitely increased but through social sites, having conversations over messenger applications and having a conversation face-to-face is completely different. Interactions in the future will become more and more superficial and unsustainable.
Or, perhaps, the Internet just won’t exist. This prediction might be difficult for you to wrap your head around, but you never know what the future holds. The World Wide Web could be brought down to its knees, dragging the economy and the world as we know it down along with it.