The past 20 years have drastically changed the way we live. The rampant development of the internet has opened the gate to an infinite number of possibilities that were the subject of sci-fi literature just 3 decades ago.
Today, we have complex services, social contacts and the compiled knowledge of human history just a fingertip away. This reality has many people wondering what the internet will be like in the future. Let’s look at the most popular and probable predictions on this matter.
The Internet will be free and omnipresent
Social media already allows us to have friends from any corner of the world. Geographical positioning is no longer an issue, and we can talk to people anytime and from almost anywhere on the planet. To do so, we have to go through a simple, two-step process: pay for the service – connect to the internet.
However, more and more technological developments are pointing to a complete elimination of this process. Eventually, the costs of accessing the worldwide web will be so little that the service will become free of charge. Some countries, like Finland for example, have already branded the broadband connection as a fundamental right for their citizens.
The problem of constant streamlining also appears to be resolved. In the next few years, we might find WI-FI systems and individual connections to be completely useless. Researchers believe that a reality where we are constantly linked to a cost-free internet connection is not that far into the future.
Virtual Reality will change everything
It is true that we already live a big chunk of our daily lives in a virtual world. The next best thing would be to take this etheric universe and embed it in our reality. This is what the major companies in tech development are working on right now, and the results will be palpable in less than a decade.
The last two years have seen the release of devices that allow us to access applications and games in the form of augmented reality. While the first attempts might look a bit primitive and redundant, the future looks bright for this technology.
In the next 15-20 years, we will be able to interact, socialize and even work in an entirely virtual world that we can enter through a simple headset device. Students will be able to attend classes without leaving their homes and friends from different continents will be able to share the same room without actually visiting each other.
The Internet will be accessible outside Earth
With the constant evolution of space technology and the attempt to reach Mars by 2030, we might be able to transfer internet technology to nearby planets as well. Recent tests have shown that devices and robots can be controlled through the web from the International Space Station. This brings hope that possible Mars colonists will be able to chat with their Earth-bound families through social media or smartphone apps.
The evolution of internet brings major promises for the future. There are still certain issues like privacy, cyber-attacks and identity theft that still shadow this development. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that we are looking at a technology that is still in its incipient stages and we have a multitude of advancements to look forward to.