What Will The Internet Look Like in 2030?

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.

A Toilet that Analyzes Your Deposits

How would you feel if we told you that within your body, you have more microorganisms than there are people in the world? How about if we told you that there are more microorganisms in your body than there are stars and celestial bodies that we know of? 

All this is true, and it is becoming an increasingly more popular subject among scientists, doctors, philosophers, psychologists, and others. Within our body, we have an extensive collection of tiny microorganisms. Over a trillion, in fact. This is what is now called the human microbiome. The Smart Toilet, a toilet built to analyze the output of the body, is a critical piece of technology that came out of the desire to understand how the human microbiome impacts the body. The Smart Toilet enables this understanding and data gathering to happen outside of the doctor’s office or another medical setting.

Accepting Your House Guests

The inner workings of our microbiomes are becoming increasingly more attributed to the general health of our bodies and minds. We all have a unique collection of organisms, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses within our microbiota that work to create the conditions within our bodies. Image your body as New York City. Each microbiota is a person within the city–unique, functional, at times disruptive, but all working together to form a cohesive and dynamic setting.

Is it surprising that we are made of many different organisms when we so often consider ourselves individuals?  Is it shocking to consider that your body is the home to its own ecosystem and that you are not one, but you are trillions?

You and Your Organisms

The microbiome and its effects are still being explored and researched across many fields. Here are some of the things we know for a fact that the microbiome affects or regulates:

  • Helps control and regulate digestion
  • Connects to the condition of your immune system and reaction to specific pathogens
  • Contributes to metabolic functions
  • Affects psychological functions like mood
  • Determines your immunities and which bacteria you will react negatively to

The Pilgrimage from You to Your Toilet

The smart toilet is one of the first and only ways to monitor our microbiome and microbiota on a consistent, and even daily, basis. This is important because so often, a one-time analysis or check-in will not be consistent with the general condition of your gut. This will allow doctors to access and analyze more in-depth and consistent information on the body, and also save billions of dollars on an annual basis.

Hysterically enough, an early idea of a “talking toilet” emerged in the animation called Mr. Toilet Man. This outrageous short film, featuring Mel Brooks, invites in the idea of a toilet that can speak and interact with humans on a higher level. Of course, this toilet is much more comic and satirical than anything, but so much of technology is built out of satire.

The toilet can also monitor an array of other functions, also monitoring microbiota is considered the most dynamic. Here are a few:

  • Measure BMI
  • Analyze biochemical composition, such as sugar and protein
  • Tracks bowel movements to make sure they are healthy.

Conclusion

The smart toilet has the potential to change the way we interact and understand our bodies. Again, it will bring us closer to our health and to understanding our personal systems and inner makeup on a more intimate level. This is important in a world that often distances medical function from patients, and will allow the two to share the same space once again.

5G Mobile Connectivity

Each moment we live, technology is changing our world. It is revolutionizing the entire landscape of how we communicate, connect, discover, and invent at an exponential rate.

As we continue to look forward and anticipate the future, we must learn to realize that nothing has limits. Not our advancements. Not our discoveries. Not our improvements. 5G mobile connectivity can play a large part in shattering those limits and helping us envision new ones.

What Exactly is 5G and Why is it Better?

5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity and cellular network technology. It is way faster and more capable than both 4G and LTE, the most common modes of connectivity now. It originally began in South Korea, and has been experimented with by South Korea and the UK. Here are a few of the differences between 4G and 5G, and what makes 5G more dynamic:

  • 5G is over 100 times faster than 4G and can function up to 100 gigabits per second.
  • 5G has an extremely low latency, which will enable you to use it in place of a cable modem and Wi-Fi.
  • 5G will be able to handle a much larger range of connections, networks, and technologies. It is geared toward the future and will be able to handle new technologies that have not yet emerged.
  • 5G has a much lower rate of failure and prioritizes public safety and consistency internationally.

5G Can Build Our World Around us

The possibilities are endless, and we are still figuring out ways to use 5G to enhance our world. TechRadar, a well-known online publication that focuses on the future of technology, believes that 5G holds the key to self-driving vehicles. One of the first times a self-driving car was represented in film was in the 1966 version of Batman. The further preoccupation of this theme scientifically, and in connection with the highest level of connectivity, demonstrates the reciprocal link between media, pop-culture, and scientific advancement. Other examples of portrayed driverless cars include in The Love Bug, The Knight Rider, and Total Recall.

5G Wifi, when used in an automated vehicle, provides a server that is infallible because, on our current network, a disconnection of a self-driving vehicle can be extremely dangerous. This will allow quick adjustments, updates, and proactive problem-solving in a previously impossible way. 

5G can also hold the key to the smart home. The smart-home, as well, can be incredibly dangerous and problematic if interrupted or slow-moving. Alongside this, 5G connectivity can also support and improve healthcare, education, law firms, and just about every other industry by providing tools to connect and communicate at a higher level.

TechRadar calls 5G our “biggest opportunity” to boost infrastructure, connectivity, industry, and communication. Its explosive features and infallibility will be able to completely alter the reality of how technology is used and where technology is used. 

When Can We Expect to See 5G?

5G is already being used and tested in a variety of ways, and many companies have announced the launch of products that utilize this futuristic cellular technology. Here are a few examples of what you can look for:

  • In July, Lenovo announced the launch of 5G laptops by the end of 2019. They will have a battery life lasting all day.
  • In mid-July, Vodafone announced a launch in the UK of a box that can provide unlimited 5G for under 50 pounds a month.
  • In early August, information went out that 5G MacBooks are slated to arrive in 2020.

Conclusion

It is exhilarating to imagine how 5G can further expand our technological horizons. It is already sparking a range of new ways to connect and alter the landscape of everyday life. Foreseeably, it will only continue to open more doors through trials and further understanding.

Smart Mirrors that Check Your Health

Is there such thing as a mirror capable of accurately reading every aspect of your health from mental acuity to risk of cancer and everything in between? Well, no. Or at least, not yet. 

However, through combinations in bluetooth, biometrics, and camera technology, more minor medical checkups can be done with smart mirrors.

The Beginning of the Smart Mirror

Science fiction and fantasy has long discussed the possibility of computers reading a person’s health and relaying that to them in real time. In fact, almost every science fiction film or TV show that isn’t set in a post-apocalyptic society has some form of this technology.

But what does that mean for the smart mirror? You might be inclined to think, “A lot,” but the real answer is, “little to nothing.” Smart mirrors of today hardly resemble these science fiction portrayals of computers in anyway other than through the use of biometric readings.

Instead, the most recent past technologies that can be said to be related to the modern smart mirror are the ordinary mirror, the computer, and bluetooth, as these three technologies (as well as others to varying degrees) are what came together to form the smart mirror.

Today’s Magic Mirror

Today, we have technology capable of functioning as an ordinary mirror when it’s off as well as a fitness instructor, mirror, and biometric reader capable of displaying your heart rate, calorie burning count, and more all on a reflective and interactive screen in front of you.

This technology is called Mirror. Not a very clever name, but were you expecting something like the “Mirrortron 9000?” While reality constantly meets and exceeds our scientific expectations for future advancement, it always finds better names for newer technology.

Mirror is an example of that. While deactivated, it functions as a simple full-body mirror. While activated, it uses cameras, imaging software, internet access, reflective screens, and bluetooth technology to allow for the perfect home fitness advisor. Oh! And it even comes with its own app.

Smart Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

While the science fiction and fantasy genres have dealt with holograms, sentient computers, and other extraplanar creatures inhabiting, being programmed into, or magically bound inside of mirrors, there are few, if any, notable examples of technologically advanced smart mirrors themselves.

All of the examples that might possibly fit into this category are compounded by these other variables to the point where the mirror is essentially just a mirror and the fantastical element is derived from some other software or enchantment place over the mirror.

In these cases, as in–yep, you guessed it–Star Trek, we can see that the interesting aspect of the mirror isn’t anything to do with the mirror but the high-tech computer imaging software and biometric scanning that accompanies it. Then again, perhaps the same could be said for the Mirror software mentioned above.

Conclusion

Magic and science are often interconnected in more ways than we might believe. However, all you have to do to notice this phenomenon is watch a magician. Every magic trick they perform is applied science, typically based on smoke and–of course–mirrors.

Further Reading

For another more information and details about potential applications for smart mirror technology in the medical industry, check out this great article published in Smithsonian Magazine.

Smart Toothbrushes

So few as twenty years ago, the notion of a smart toothbrush hadn’t even been conceptualized, though various science fiction writers wrote about the use of sound waves to clean bodies as early as the 1900s.

However, nowadays, it is more than just a concept.

Smart toothbrushes are a reality!

Biography of a Toothbrush

Historians believe that the first known use of a toothbrushing implement was performed as early as 3,000 BCE. This device was known as a “chew stick” and the quite literal name speaks for itself. It was, as the name suggests, a stick on which the ancients would chew.

People would use fingers, chew sticks, soft fabrics, and other utensils to clean their teeth for just shy of 5,000 years before the invention of the toothbrush as we know it today. In 1938, the first invention of the toothbrush was publicized, simultaneously created by various manufacturers of household goods.

The toothbrushes of the early-to-mid 1900s, however, were still simply little more than chew sticks with a few bristles on the end. That’s how they would stay until the late 2000s and early 2010s, with the advent of the smart toothbrush.

Smart Toothbrushes

If you would have done a Google search for the phrase “smart toothbrush” in the early 2000s, you would likely have found the theoretical musings of a blogger or two talking about how to put bluetooth technology into something so small.

In 2019, that same search phrase will pull up countless pages of results for shopping and technological information on where to buy various models of smart toothbrushes.

One model in particular will cost about $300, but it comes with detailed sensors and multiple modes capable of adequately adjusting to meet your personalized teeth-cleaning plan as selected and customized in the corresponding smartphone app, a feature of engineering never before seen.

As Usual, Star Trek Did it Too

As you might expect when it comes to the brainchild series of Gene Roddenbury, Star Trek: Discovery featured advanced sonic toothbrushes in 2017. However, in one of the most interesting turns of events, Star Trek was copying real science rather than vice versa.

Smart toothbrushes had existed as early as 2016 and possibly even before then. Since the episode of Star Trek: Discovery in which these fantastical toothbrushers were unveiled debuted in 2017, we can only conclude that reality beat Star Trek to the chase for once.

Conclusion

What’s next? Laser-based teeth cleaning? “That’s just fantasy,” you might say. To which we could respond, “Yes, but it’s already happening.” Although laser toothbrushes haven’t had nearly the success of smart toothbrushes, who’s to say they won’t one day merge as so much other technology has?

Technology has come further between 1989 and 2019 than in the entire history of humanity. Will the discoveries of the next 30 years won’t come even faster? Be sure to check back soon for more great content.

Further Reading

For more information on how people brushed their teeth before the invention of the toothbrush, click here.

Intelligent Apps (I-Apps)

Meet the next generation of mobile applications: Intelligent Apps. As technological innovations increase and we move toward a point of singularity, application developers are starting to link artificial intelligence with their application software.

It is the natural progression from Big Data and the Internet of Things.

In simplest terms, these apps are made to learn and grow as a user continues to interact with them. They collect data so that their usefulness increases over time. Sounds pretty intelligent, right? Let’s find out more about what goes into these futuristic applications.

When were Intelligent Apps (I-Apps) First Introduced?

Iapps Programming

The idea of intelligent applications stems from the introduction of artificial intelligence during the 1970s. While artificial intelligence has been around for quite some time, and was fairly limited in use during the early stages, the introduction of high-potential intelligent apps is fairly new in the technological realm. One of the first popular applications to make use of this type of technology was Siri. This speech recognition software is one of the most popular pieces of personal assistant software on the market today. 

The Apple company uses this application on all of their devices that are on the market today, including the iPhone, iMac, and others. Many other companies, such as Netflix, Tesla, Google, and Facebook, have also started using intelligent apps to predict consumer behavior and update / grow over time. 

What are Intelligent Apps (I-Apps)?

Apple Watch

Intelligent apps are being developed for two main reasons. Primarily, intelligent apps help to automate routine-based tasks that are not of high value. Currently, more and more intelligent apps are being used to provide data to individuals or teams when they need it.

These intelligent apps use machine learning to analyze historical data, as well as real-time data, to help deliver more personalized experiences for the people who are using them. These applications use both prescriptive and predictive analytics, as well as customer and product data insights to better the overall user experience. The uses of intelligent apps can vary pretty widely, as they are able to utilize a continuous learning approach to create algorithms, as well as understand the behavioral patterns of users in real time.

Intelligent Apps (I-Apps) in Movies / Pop Culture

Siri is a movie that was released in 2012 starring Tony Sommers. This horror story is based off of the popular Apple voice assistant. In lighter news, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teamed up with Apple in 2017 for a commercial promoting Siri.

Google’s newest assistant, Allo, now comes with the voice of John Legend. His is one of six new voices that are at the core of this intelligent application.

Links to Related Articles

I-apps have taken the world by storm, so there’s a lot of information out there about them. Here are just a few articles to check out.

Conclusion

The video below discusses the use of I-apps in business.

Intelligent applications are here to stay and will soon evolve into the most prominent form of customer service and experience, as these applications can be provided over a variety of different interfaces. Companies and users alike can seize the benefits of intelligent applications to help create more valuable experiences for themselves and their employees. Experts say that we can expect all apps to be of the intelligent kind within the next decade, so embracing them is in our best interest.

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How to Use An External Keyboard with Your Laptop

For those who began their digital experiences on desktop computers, using a keyboard that’s so close to your laptop screen can feel unnatural, not to mention typing itself may feel more difficult.

Whatever your reason for wanting to use an external keyboard with your laptop, installing one shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. 

Less Strain, More Money

Even if you’re typing on a laptop at your desk and that desk is positioned at exactly the right height, it can still cause a strain. This is because, in order to see your laptop screen clearly, you need to be further away from the device than the integrated keyboard allows. 

Plus, if you have intentions of reselling your laptop, a pristine keyboard will fetch a much higher price than one with the letters worn down. Maybe you’re sold on the idea of using an external keyboard, you’re just not quite sure how to go about it. As it turns out, it’s not complicated at all. 

A Few Clicks to Set Up 

The first step in using an external keyboard is deciding whether you want one that connects via bluetooth or wires. Depending on your laptop, you may not have a choice but to use a bluetooth keyboard, as new laptops have fewer ports. 

If you do choose a wired keyboard, all you need to do is plug it in and start typing. If you opt for bluetooth, you’ll need to turn on your laptop’s bluetooth capabilities and select the keyboard. Once connected, you should be good to go, until the keyboard needs charging. 

Using an external keyboard is a great option if you spend significant periods of time on your laptop, and setting it up for use it a breeze.

How to Remotely Access Your Laptop

Not so long ago, people could remotely call into their voicemails using just a passcode to hear any missed messages. As archaic as this may seem now, accessing your laptop remotely is essentially a modern day version of the same activity. While you’re not checking for missed messages, you are logging into a device that’s not physically with you. 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

No one can remember everything all of the time, and if you’ve ever had a little too much on your plate, chances are something has slipped your mind. Sometimes, the thing that slips your mind happens to be your laptop and you find yourself at work, at home, or traveling without an important part of your life. 

What can you do when you find yourself in this position? Turn back and retrieve your computer? Though that’s one option, there is a much better one: remote access.

Logging in from Afar

Given the interconnectivity of devices today, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that it’s actually quite easy to access your laptop remotely from another device. 

The best way to access your laptop from another device is to simply use an app designed for this exact function. Some of the best free options are Chrome Remote Desktop, TeamViewer, and AnyDesk. If you have a Windows 10 laptop, you actually have a remote access software already built into your device. 

Once you settle on an app, you’ll simply need to download it on both your laptop and other devices, then make the necessary permissions. Once you’ve done that, you’ll never have to lament a forgotten laptop again—you’ll be able to simply control it from afar.

How to Backup Your Mac with Time Machine

There’s probably not a human in the world who hasn’t wished that they could return to some previous time and do something differently. While Apple hasn’t developed technology to transport you back to that awkward first date so you can keep yourself from making that uncomfortable joke, it has found a way to temper the sting of accidentally deleting important files. 

Turn Back Time

The Mac Time Machine may be deceptively named, as it can’t actually return you to a previous time, but it can return your computer to one. When you set up time machine, it backs up your entire computer; after that, it periodically scans your files for updates, additions, or deletions. 

Time Machine keeps an hourly, daily, or weekly snapshot of your computer depending on how far back you look. This means that if you accidentally delete your final draft of an essay rather than your rough draft, you should have no problem recovering it. 

Outsourcing History

To use Time Machine effectively, you’ll need some sort of external storage. It’s simply not feasible to back up that much information on your device, so the first step in getting time machine set up on your Mac is choosing your external storage.  

After you’ve connected the device, you can open Time Machine and select the device as your backup disk. Once you’ve done that, Time Machine will take care of the rest. It’ll start by backing up your entire system that first day, then make periodic updates on a regular basis. 

There’s nothing that makes your stomach drop faster than deleting something you needed; time machine ensures you’ll never have to deal with that sensation.

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Determined hackers have never had more tools at their disposal than they do today, which means identity theft has never been a more real threat. As this particular sort of misfortune becomes more and more common, you have to be extra vigilant in order to protect yourself. 

You Could Be Next

According to a 2018 survey, around 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft; 15 million of those instances occurred in 2017 alone. If you’re not being proactive about protecting yourself from these sorts of threats, you’re essentially turning identity theft into a question of “when?” and not “if.” 

Luckily, protecting your identity isn’t as difficult as you might imagine, and only takes a little bit of legwork on your part. 

Guarding Yourself

Often, people only start to think about identity theft after they’ve already been targeted. This can mean that they notice unauthorized purchases showing up on their accounts, or more damaging, a loan or credit card has been taken out in their name. The process of clearing up identity theft can be tiresome; it’s much easier to prevent it from happening at all. 

Some of the simple steps you can take to prevent identity theft are:

  • Do not use the same simple password for every account, and change your passwords often.
  • Monitor your accounts frequently to catch suspicious activity.
  • Place fraud alert or monitoring on your credit report.
  • Avoid buying items on questionable sites, even if they’re cheaper. 

These methods won’t put a strain on your daily life, but will greatly improve your level of identity protection. Take a few moments to heed these warnings; you’ll be happy you did when you’re not cleaning up someone else’s debt.