Published On: Sat, Mar 11th, 2017

What Will The Internet of the Future Be Like?

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Within its short existence, the internet has transformed quite dramatically. Once a slow, dial-up luxury service available to a select few with a PC, the internet is now a fast and all-consuming network accessible from any location on your phone. The internet plays a large part in most of our lives – for the most part, it’s unavoidable. What does the internet of the future have in stall for us and will it be a positive or a negative thing? Here are a few predictions that scientists and engineers are already keenly discussing.

The death of paper currency?

Currency is becoming more and more digital. Market vendors are buying card readers and online banking is becoming more of a necessity to keep up with the growing speed of business. It seems very likely that physical currency will eventually become a relic of the past. Many are already exploring the possibilities of bitcoin, a digital currency that can help get around currency transfer fees and fraud risks. Will this be our future international currency?

Smart cities

Smart technology has already started to link up many of our household items. You can download a film onto your smart TV, turn on a smart kettle and warm up the smart-powered heating in your car, all from your smartphone. Cloud storage meanwhile is allowing data to be consolidated in one place and accessed from multiple devices. This interlinking of devices, known as the ‘internet of things’, is thought to take on a city-wide application in the future, resulting in smart cities. Health monitors will allow doctors to tell you when your health is in danger, whilst local councils will monitor everything we do to immediately react to issues involving environmental dangers, public transport delays and crime.  

No escaping virtual reality

VR has truly taken off, becoming more than simply a gimmick. On top of being used for gaming, hotel owners and real estate agents are using it as a way of giving interactive tours of hotels and properties. Music videos and movies are going VR. It’s already being used as a training tool for the military, for pilots and for trainee surgeons. If it becomes affordable, will all bosses be training us with VR to cut down on mistakes and prepare for emergency situations?

Watch out for your job

Of course, VR training may not be something to worry about if your job is entirely replaced by robots altogether. Taxi drivers are already dreading the day driverless cars take off. Software meanwhile is constantly finding ways to cut out admin tasks, whilst machines find more ways to deal with physical tasks. Only creative jobs seem truly secure.

Extra-terrestrial internet access

If we eventually decide to settle on Mars, the martian population will also need internet access. Satellites will have to transmit information back and forth, which could take up to 24 minutes. In a world so used to the instant transmission of data, how will we react to this delay in communication?