Have you ever wondered where and what exactly looked like the first-ever sign of internet connection? On October 29th, 1969 the first-ever message was sent in Southern California. The message was incomplete because the system crashed before the whole word was delivered and the message simply said “LO” though it was supposed to say “LOGIN”.
Even though the system crashed and the massage was not delivered fully, this remarkable day was the beginning of an era that was going to change the way we all communicate. The internet nowadays is something everybody uses and many businesses and companies depend on it. But how will the internet be in the future? How advanced can it get? In this article, we will try to answer and give our best guess for the future of the internet.
The answers we received from experts, scientists and researchers regarding the future of the internet are fascinating and scary in some way. In order to break down all the information that we have from recent researches, we will review the biggest aspects of the internet we know.
The Future of Communication
The internet communication has rapidly grown in every possible way in recent decades. Our systems nowadays are far more advanced than they were, back then when only half of the message was delivered. The internet communication is making the world smaller and the knowledge easily accessible.
The first clear sign we have for the future of communication is voice interaction that bigger companies introduced in recent years. For example, you can browse the internet just with your voice by saying the magic words “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”.
Paul Jones recently said, “- You won’t have to search anymore, you’ll just ask questions”. Communication with the world wide web will become more like a conversation instead of search. As per other experts, the new era that is up to come will be the era of vocal communications.
We all know the struggle of voice searching whenever there is ambient sounds or other people speaking. The new technology will be smart enough to listen to your voice only and ignore any surrounding sounds and voices. The voice interaction autocorrect will be improved to the point where you won’t even have to spell the words clear and loud, the system will just know exactly what you mean.
Another thing that will be extremely helpful will be the future of real-time translation. Can you imagine speaking with a person that does not know a single word from your language in real-time? You will both be able to understand each other without the translator software next to your mouth. Instead of learning new languages, we will be able to just call and speak, and the software will do the rest.
There is also a concept of communication through brain commands with electrical waves, which is a science fiction no more. There is a development of helms reading your brain inputs that can deliver an output accurate enough to move your cursor on a desktop. Imagine what communication will be like when the development of this new technology is complete.
As we all know there are already clear signs of virtual reality that you can see in the gaming industry and even in your pocket. The newest cameras in phones started to introduce Augmented Reality (AG), in which you can control the reality around yourself and see objects even if they are not there.
We are not talking about virtualizing the world, which is a cliche but how virtual reality will help us with engineering, architecture and even entertainment. For example, back in the days, you had to have a ruler in order to measure a short distance in your home. Now you just have to pull-up your phone to scan the area and it will tell you exactly how long is the distance between your shelf and door.
Scientists are truly afraid of virtual reality. They say that it will change the way we see the world forever. They say that the information will no longer be displayed on glass screens but everywhere around us instead. According to the scientists, it is scary when the virtual world becomes advanced enough and the people start to be unable to decipher what is real and what’s not.
The first thing that we can think of is how helpful it would be for mankind to collect health information fast and efficiently, especially in COVID-19 pandemic situations. Experts say that in the future we will all have implants receiving and delivering our health condition. In my opinion, the fact that other people will know that my daughter is pregnant before me is creepy.
On the other hand, if medical experts know about your condition they will be able to tackle it in time and this technology will save many lives. That also means that health experts will know exactly what you eat, how healthy you are and you will be able to receive online recommendations and help in order to stay healthy.
The biggest concern will be: “Who will have that data and how will they use it?”. And this is a very good question because this is personal and dangerous information and people might not be okay with other people having access to it. That brings us to the most affected human aspect of internet technology growth.
No More Privacy
Every time you ask “Siri” something, you send information directly to Apple. You send personal information and you don’t even pay attention to it. When it comes to the future of the internet, privacy can’t even be considered. It is sad to even think that Google has access to the microphone of your phone right now.
Would you believe it if I tell you that Google knows exactly what food your cat eats? Maybe this is not the case with you, but Google knows more about yourself than you can imagine. It is frightening to think that there is a multi-billion company that knows exactly where you live, work, study and they are able to come to visit you whenever they want.
With the invention of the internet, we gave up on our privacy blinded by the benefits and advantages we receive in exchange. It is most-likely for us civilians to give up on more essential personal information when they come up with even greater technology that will, unfortunately, require us to insert our ID or credit card information.
When we are looking at the future of technology trough this scope seems scary. There is a famous statement said by Raimie:
“- These technologies can be used for bettering the human condition… but there’s lot of evidence that humans will want to use their tools to do the things that humans have always done to each other when they don’t like each other.”
What do you think about the future of the internet? Will we be able to keep our privacy?
These questions will be answered with the time of innovation.