When reading the case study of the future of the Internet, lots of different predictions of what the Internet would be like in the future is raised and I also had views about it.
Firstly, is that mobile phone would be the primary connection tool for most people in the world. Honestly, I am not surprised by that. Looking at how successful our smart phones are advancing towards integrating with the Internet, I would not be surprised if phones were to take over most of the communication tools of technology. By the way it’s going, our mobile phones in the future may even replaced our current laptops. Thus in the future, we would just have to use our phones as normal phones do as well as using it like how a normal laptop does.
Social tolerance would also advanced significantly in the future due to the exposure to the Internet. I strongly agree with this statement. Nowadays, people are getting more knowledge about what other people do and what types of people exist in this world even without having to actually meet them. This may be due to personal accounts and experiences shared on the Internet along with videos as evidence. Through social medias and TVs, people get to know more about the cultures and practices of people from other countries and thus, with more exposure, people are more knowledgeable and aware about the differences between their culture and the others. This in turn, will result in people being more understanding and tolerant of the society as a whole.
Content control through copyright-protection technology will dominate. Since most people have started to watch shows and obtain information online, there must be some sort of regulation put into place to protect copyrights for online materials.
Transparency heighten individual integrity and forgiveness. With the wide usage of social media, people are gradually getting more comfortable sharing personal information with people they don’t know on the Internet. With sharing their personal opinions more, there are lots of incidents whereby people may offend lots of others on the Internet. However, as time grows people may actually learn from these mistakes and learnt to regulate their way of sharing personal information. At the same time, they may also grew to be more understanding and forgiving to people who post offensive messages on the Internet. Freedom of speech on the Internet may be more prominent and people may start to practice to accept such messages as personal opinions and it is up to individuals to accept these messages or not.
Many lives are touched by the use of augmented reality or spent interacting in artificial spaces. Well, it would be cool to have augmented reality in our future lives as it can provide people with lots of functions and saves on space usage. People’s experience of using the Internet and technology would be enhanced. Movies could be made better and provide people will better viewing experiencing if virtual world were to be incorporated with reality.
Talk and touch technology interfaces will become common. In the future, we may not even need our hands to do and work as voice recognition technology would be more improved than ever before. We can use voice recognition to get things done such as unlocking the door, paying bills and to command gadgets to do other things for us.
Another thing, with more uses of the Internet, there will be fewer lines to divide work and personal time. The advantages of this is that people could get access to their work anytime and anywhere. They could do their work-related stuff whenever they want to. With improvements on the Internet, people could work from home in the future. However, there are disadvantages of it as well. With work and personal life so closely related to each other, people may not be able to separate work from personal lives. They would be spending their time doing work even when they’re on vacation as their phones are with them whenever they go. With people getting to work from homes, it may not necessarily good. As said in the case study that working at home may result in more stressful home life. If workload is overwhelming, home may not be a place whereby people can escape their stress from work since they mostly work at home.
It is exciting to see that the future of the Internet could make things interlinked and bring convenience to us however, our over-reliance on the Internet may be harmful as well. If the Internet were to shut down for even a minute, there may be some serious loss and damage around the world.