In my opinion, the future of the internet in one word: 3D. (Or maybe two words). I’m sure many people think that web 3.0 is already considered a ‘wow’ thing. What else can the internet possibly give us?
Here is a video to show what the CEO of Rezzable Productions believes what the future of the internet will look like.
Other predictions of the internet in the future:
1. Transparency – the people and organizations on the internet will become more transparent as more people are connected to it.
2. Voice recognition and touch user interfaces
3. The division between personal time and work time will be further removed for everyone who is connected as the results will be mixed based on their social relations.
I believe that social media platforms will change. First it was Friendster, and then it became Facebook. Google+ may just take over. The apps that Google+ contains seem more sophisticated compared to what Facebook has to offer. Who knows what the future holds for social media?
More businesses will begin to rely heavily on the internet to communicate with suppliers and even conduct their entire business online. More productivity in businesses will occur online rather than offline.
Mobile internet will become most dominant as practically all mobile devices will come equipped with internet services. With the internet being so portable, why wouldn’t most people be using it all the time? One can receive information anytime and anywhere.
In terms of education, all schools may turn to paperless learning – relying on the internet and e-learning to educate their students. (Plus one for saving the trees!) in my opinion, the internet is considered one of the biggest schools as it contains information about anything you want to know. The amount of resources about any particular topic is countless.
I think my impression on this module has come a long way from the first lesson. My expectation of this module on the first day would be to learn about how the internet works. Fortunately for me, (as I hate the technical portion of anything), my eyes were open to the internet in a very different way. Instead of learning about the components of the internet, I learnt about the impact the internet had on areas such as politics, journalism, business and education – to name a few.
My favourite topic during this module was internet and the politics. It shows how far the world has changed in terms of reaching out to the public. The government, known for being traditional has decided to keep up with the changing times and use the internet as a platform to garner support and raise awareness for issues. Through this method, the younger generation is also looped in to politics as they use the internet quite often and access to such information becomes easier to gain. For politicians to use the internet to campaign shows how far they have come to advertise, fundraise and mobilize themselves. (Not to mention the scandalous gossip one can find about a politician.)
As the future is difficult to predict, it is uncertain the possibilities that will come about from the internet 10 years down the road. One thing we do know is that its popularity in the use of social relation, education, politics and entertainment will never die down.