The Future of the Internet and Technology

The Future of the Internet and Technology

Looking forward, the world will have cheaper laptops, iPods, iPhones, Blackberries, Sidekicks, iTVs, Skype and phones, PDAs, HDTVs, digital radios, RFID-enabled devices, GPS receivers, Wi-Fi devices, SMS and Bluetooth thingamajigs, other handheld, integrated multimedia social devices, and a wealth of additional automotive and specialized electronics to try.

All of them will be connected wirelessly and through fiber optic cable and routers to cheap storage space via powerful processors, leveraging TCP/IP routing technology, speaking to state of the art data systems in a grid flush with real-time social, business, shopping, and entertainment connections.

Billions of people will be able to do anything they can imagine electronically, whenever they want, from wherever they want—quickly and inexpensively. Exponentially more ones and zeros will be traversing the planet ultimately delivering games, TV, voice, music, SMS, video, podcasts, chat, videochat, blogs, email, search, and so on. They will be using display technologies like HTML, Java, PHP, RubyOnRails, Flash, AJAX, Flex, RSS, PDF, etc., via open application programming interfaces called “APIs” using XML-type standards that will talk to MySQL and Oracle databases, Linux and NT-based operating systems and the like. All of this will occur while conducting serious e-commerce and delivering managers real-time actionable analytics.

The point is that no matter what you call it—shopping, e-commerce, flash, VoIP, television, audio, Podcast, blog, message board, wiki, chat, IRC, HTML, JSP—it’s all ultimately just the modern display of ones and zeros upon the future device of your choice.

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