The Future of the InternetKUSIC AND KUSIC
“[The Internet of the future] isn’t focused around a computer, but is instead ‘everywhere,’ in every device, on every person, accessible at every location. It’s not a place you go; it’s a layer behind everything you do.”–Ben Parr, co-founder of DominateFund
The Internet will be accessed using a natural user interface (NUI) like in Minority Report, be connected to wearable technology right out of a James Bond 007 movie, and be seamlessly integrated with smart technology that’s reminiscent of the Jetsons.
NUIs will replace the computer, keyboard and mouse, and be invisible, 3-dimensional and available at anytime, anywhere in the world.
Computing technology will not require users to adapt to computer functionality; instead, technology will support natural human functioning.
Seamlessly integrated with smart-everything. Wearable technology, smarthomes, driverless smartcars, smartphones, the cloud, advertising technology, and apps will be completely integrated, and work behind-the-scenes to command your life.
For example, you will wear a wristband or implant that monitors your vitals and other health-related data, and notifies your doctor of any current or future ailments.
Your health data may indicate that you have been depressed. You go online and speak to a virtual psychologist that you see regularly for three weeks.
Your health data reveals that you are still depressed, and you are issued a prescription for an antidepressant via Your Doctor app, which is powered by a network of healthcare professionals.
The smart pill you take creates a voltage when dissolved in your stomach, which powers a sensor. The sensor communicates with a patch worn on your body. The patch sends health data to an application in the cloud. It can be accessed anywhere and sent to anyone, such as a caregiver, to communicate that the pills have been swallowed.
Most of this technology already exists, except in the future; the technology will be more sophisticated, seamless, and predictive.
Wearable technology, voice and other biometric input, and gestures will power the Internet. You can tap your watch and virtual 3-dimensional screens will appear in front of you.
Gesture recognition capabilities will allow you to navigate the screens using primarily face and hand motions.
Eventually, you will be able to do all of this with your brain using mind control. If you want to navigate the Internet, you simply think a command.
Passwords will be non-existent. Voice and facial recognition, as well as iris and fingerprint scanning capabilities will become increasingly sophisticated.
Biometrics will be used to access any facet of the Internet that is user-specific, which will be every aspect of the Internet. This will mark the demise of the password.
Search and status updates will be predictive. Advances in facial recognition capabilities and the analysis of other biometric data, as well as information gleaned from the deep web, smart technology, apps, and advances in artificial intelligence will allow emotions and activities to be shared in real-time.
You will no longer need to communicate what you like, where you eat, drink and shop, what you eat, drink and buy, and what you are watching, playing, and reading. This information will be communicated instantly to anyone, based on predetermined user settings, contractual agreements, and privacy breaches.
Search, as we know it, will be dead. Natural users interfaces that are highly adaptive will be user-centric and rely on artificial intelligence, which will interpret complex patterns in human patterns and computing functionality. This computing will result in predictive output.
All technology will be smart-technology and all the information gleaned from your interaction with this technology will be used to know your current and future needs and desires.
For example, a variation of Google Glass, which already detects emotion, and has facial recognition capabilities, and location information, will connect to an embedded device that monitors your vitals, and other health data.
Every time you speak to an individual, your heartbeat increases, and your pupils dilate, indicating attraction. This information is communicated to advertisers that have paid to access your digital life. Advertisers will be able to target advertising messages with the knowledge that you are smitten.
Most of the predictions in this post will be realized by 2020 or earlier, except for mind control, which may take decades to develop before it’s able to effectively command your digital life.