Little Rant by Eightball & Thundercloud
From InfoAve Premium Issue #90 - July 8, 2005
The following is an excerpt from our brand new e-book entitled "Lions and Tigers
and Bears - A Common Sense Guide to The Internet and Computers".
The Future of The Internet -
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The past ten years have brought
about miraculous changes on the World Wide Web. Come to think of it, not many of us refer
to it as the World Wide Web (WWW) anymore, Most call it "the Internet".
The Internet is a vast network of
interconnected computers to which you and I connect. More than half the households in the
United States have access to the Internet. Compare that to just six years ago, when less
than 10% of all homes had Internet access. There will come a time in most of our lifetimes
when 80% of the world's population will have access to the Internet; dial-up connections
will be a thing of the past; super-fast (even faster than broadband) connections will
enable nearly instant access to huge files, lightening-fast browsing, and nearly
instantaneous access to information.
Most government leaders now
recognize that high-speed Internet is essential and needs to be made available to the
majority of all citizens. Now, in fact, many countries, including the USA, are forging
plans to expand high-speed and super high-speed Internet services to remote, rural areas.
Within the next five years, most of you who now connect to the Internet using dial-up
connections will have access to high-speed connections for about the same cost as you're
paying today. Adjusted for inflation, you'll actually be paying less for the new
high-speed access than you do for the turtle-slow dial-up connection you have today. The
term "dial-up" will become as dated as the term "ice box".
Wireless networks and so-called
wireless "Hot Spots" will become accessible from almost everywhere. Right now,
as this is being written, the entire city of Philadelphia is setting up wireless
transmitters all over the city to bring wireless access to the Internet to the entire
downtown area. You'll be able to access the Internet from a park bench in any city park
and browse the Web, send email, or buy a new camera on line, while enjoying any city park.
In the coming years, most cities will offer free wireless access to citizens in their
Cell phones will be replaced by
new more reliable technology like wireless Internet phones using VoIP (Voice Over Internet
Protocol). You'll not only be able to talk on your phone, but shop, browse, email, chat,
and search the Internet. And it will cost much less than cellular phones do today. You
won't have to put off your call until Saturday because you're running out of minutes.
Wireless Internet Phones will give you unlimited access and usage time limited only by
your phone's battery. Imagine, no more limited minutes, no more "night and
weekends", no counting minutes. Just pick up your wireless Internet phone and make
the call, browse the Web, send an email, chat with friends, or do some online shopping,
all for one monthly fee. Competition will be plentiful and prices will be much more
affordable than today's cell phones.
Online shopping will expand and
Internet security will be improve and become nearly inscrutable. Passwords and user names will no longer
be used for financial transactions and services on the Web. Instead your own thumbprint
will be your key to access your private data. Thumbprint readers and thumbprint technology
is already here and it's only a matter of time before it comes to the Internet. Soon, when
you use your credit card at your local retailer, you'll verify your identity with your
thumbprint. That way, only you can use your credit card. Identity theft will be far less
The Internet will become as
common in most homes as television. In fact, in the near future, when super high-speed
access becomes widely available and inexpensive, television and computers will
merge into family entertainment/information/communications centers, where one can watch
and record movies, TV shows, browse the Internet, make telephone calls, video-calls, chat
with friends, send email, instantly view and share photographs and home movies,
and do things we cannot even imagine today. Technologies will merge and grow; the Internet
will be the force driving this brave new world. Certainly a new and marvelous age is
dawning and it will be an exciting time for us all.
Despite all its flaws and seamy
sides, the Internet is still and will always be a wonderful and exciting place.
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