The Internet's evolution and growth have been rapid. Even though its beginnings date back to 1960s, the Internet as we know it has been around for some 20 years. The Internet really took off with the advent of the World Wide Web and first Web browsers in the early 1990s. Yet, to many of us, especially to the young people under 25, it seems like it's always been there. Most of them can't imagine the world without Internet and social networks. I mean, how did the people do their homework before Wikipedia?!
Although many of us still remember the age of dial-up networking, those days seem more and more distant now that broadband, high-speed connections and multiple devices have made it possible ...view middle of the document...
Wearable Computing is already taking off. The best example is probably Google Glass.
Semantic web, global connectivity and wearable computing look like predictions that are likely to be fully realized in the near future, although there are disagreements about their full implementation. For example, it may be argued that wearable computing may never fully take off on the account of raising too many privacy concerns or being too impractical. Or, that it is impossible to represent all human knowledge in a logical and clear format, which is why most semantic web projects would fail.
According to Internet scientists and researchers, we’re bound to see even bigger changes in the coming decades. Some of the most interesting ideas and projects that will shape the future of the Internet include:
Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Things (IoT) is a world where every object will be linked to the Internet. Our browser will be the world itself. Although the iOT is the imminent reality, but it is still a very early phase.
Interplanetary Internet or InterPlaNet: One of the fathers of the Internet, Vinton Cerf, has started the Interplanetary Internet study with the team of scientists at NASA’s JPL. Mr. Cerf is the Chairman of the IPNSIG. This is the group of scientists who are “moving forward to an Internet that is Interplanetary in scope and function”. They are hard at work to develop the technology that will make possible an almost instant communication beyond Earth.