From the first attempt to send “login” from one computer to another in the 1960s to switching off light just by asking Alexa, humanity has walk very far and fast with its technology. Be it paying Bills or commanding Alexa to do your variety of tasks with just your voice, all this is possible thanks to the progress of the internet and became far beyond its definition,” the global system of interconnected computer networks that are used to communicate between networks and devices”.
Internet in the past versus now:
During its initial days, American scientists developed the network as ARPANET only for the use of military government. It was only able to send limited texts and would work as interconnected networks for regional military works.
But now at today’s date internet is way more than just a medium to text in a limited area. The network is global and no single government has authority over it. Almost every device from a car to a television to your home switch lights are connected to the internet. Even smartphones are literally useless without the internet.
The interconnected network has completely changed human social behavior and lifestyle when compared to that of the life 60s or even early 2000s. Most traditional communication services such as telephone, newspapers, postal mails, etc., are mostly or completely replaced by internet-based devices such as smartphones where almost all the activities from getting the latest news to sending files, videos, pictures,s and text by mail or social media, etc., can be easily achieved. Even the feature of sending text via an in-built non-internet-based text app isn’t much used today by smartphone users as they find it more convenient to do via social media like WhatsApp at a very low cost. Radio is now no longer a thing as people can hear podcasts and music online.
Internet in the next 10 years:
While these are the things happening today but after 10 years the internet will be at a very different level and we can surely imagine it to some extent. Scientists and experts believe that with the rapid progress of the internet along with more and more improved technologies for various sectors and people’s lives, in the future the world of reality and the virtual world completely merge.
while now there is a shift from text to voice but sooner it is expected to communicate via brain waves which basically means that the internet will be connected to your brain’s electrical signals rather than your phone. This could also lead to lesser use of voice and expressions. The use of brain waves could aid the internet to understand your wants and could fulfill almost every task in just a few minutes.
The very existence of smartphones and computers would perish as everything about anything is seen and shown just at any point of reality space rather than a screen. One can just look at an unknown person and if interested can get their general information. Transactions and transportation would just become a piece of cake. Even your home decor can be altered at your will at ease.
The field of medicine would be the one that has the greatest gifts from the digital. If somehow connect to the physiology and chemistry of people’s bodies, the internet can easily monitor and identify diseases at their nascent stage. Doctors could see the 3D image of any part of any system of the patient’s body without the hassle of x-ray, CT scan, etc. the merge of virtual and reality could help doctors pinpoint the problem very easily and may even operate without any incision.
However, all these amazing benefits will come at the cost of our data. Almost everything about anyone will be easily available online. The term “privacy ” will be difficult to manage way more than today. The more you use, the more the associated companies and telecom services get to know you and store your information. While this information is helpful for you to accomplish your tasks but at the same time, this information can be easily shared or sold to other parties without your consent. Even now the data of internet users are deliberately disclosed and sold to third parties by many sites. There are theories that governments have started using software to find details about citizens without letting them know. If the theory is correct then there could be the possibility of total surveillance control over even the public’s fine details in the future.
In summary, the next 10 years can be a future of prosperity or fear, or maybe both depending on what choices we make.