When it comes to technology, it seems like something new emerges every day. When it comes to the Internet, you can hardly blink without it changing and evolving.
As the Internet continues to barrel toward uncharted territory, there are a few things you can all but expect from it by the year 2030.
More Connected Than Ever
It’s hard to think of a topic more modern than the Internet, but the concept is hardly a gift of the 21st century. In fact, Nikola Tesla mused over a world wireless system more than 100 years ago. Of course, the first shades of the Internet as it’s now known wouldn’t appear until the 1960s, when MIT scientists went to work creating a means of transmitting electronic data.
The World Wide Web took shape in the 1990s, and opened the door for the public to easily access the Internet. Considering that was less than 30 years ago, it’s hard to believe the massive stake the Internet has taken in most lives now. From professional pursuits to personal interaction, the Internet is home to commerce, networking, and information gathering.
In short, the Internet has made way for a global culture that’s never been more connected, and that is only going to increase in the coming decade.
A World That Runs Online
The Internet feels largely like an abstract world, far out of reach in terms of anything material. However, the future of the Internet by 2030 will be most influenced by something called the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IoT is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, when you break the term down. Really, what is the Internet? An interconnected network that allows many different users to share and access data? Then apply that same concept to objects rather than people, and you’ve got the Internet of Things.
Since the Internet has existed, tech companies like IBM have been toying around with the ways that objects could use it to make human lives easier. This is already present in things like smart appliances, or if you can turn the lights off in your home from an app on your phone.
The IoT takes that functionality one step further, though. Rather than you having to signal your devices to do something, they’ll just do it. Because of their constant communication, you won’t need to send commands, you’ll simply need to enjoy them in 2030.
For example, imagine that you walk down to a local store to pick up groceries for dinner. That store will be able to offer you personalized ads for your favorite items, and as you walk back home, your security system will be able to detect that you’re approaching and unlock your door at exactly the right time. If you could use a cup of coffee when you return, you’ll simply need to ask your digital assistant, who will tell your coffee pot to begin brewing.
The Internet of Things is more than just personal convenience, too. It will increase the safety of cars and buildings greatly as they’ll be able to communicate potential dangers immediately. The Internet has already grown into a truly massive force; 2030 will show the next natural step in its progression—a wholly integrated way of life.