Internet came into existence almost about half a century ago, and with that the entire concept of data transmission underwent a sweeping change, a transformation of sort. Internet has now become a necessary element of our system – nay, an integral part of our life. Will it remain so in the years to come, or will it be replaced with something more radical, far more advanced technology? How will the IT segment look like, say, in the next ten years?
The lower speed of internet was a major concern for many. Even now, many users have to contend with a speed in the range of 128 to 256 kbps. In the coming years, however, this would change for the better. With widespread use of optical fibre, the internet speed will drastically increase – increase to as much as 100 times. With high internet speed, net-based TV viewing, high-powered gaming and other net related activities will get a boost.
There has been a number of studies and surveys to ascertain what people foresee about the future of internet. There has been a near unanimity that internet would become something like electricity, less visible but more invasive in people’s life, and information sharing would simply become effortless and smooth. With global connectivity, the bonds among nations and societies would be on firmer grounds. People’s understanding and awareness of the world will drastically improve. There will be greater political awareness, and political changes will resultantly be far more peaceful. Education will be less expensive and more effective with better accessibility of information and knowledge at the finger-tips of the students.
There are however some negative predictions as well. Banking frauds will be much more serious and sophisticated. There would be more of white collared crimes, more of dirty tricks, greater intrusion in private life and more of laziness, stupidity, etc. There is also likelihood of economic disparities coming under focus with greater resentment, and perhaps more violence. All said and done, internet in the next ten years would certainly be a far more effective tool for transforming the lives of people all around the world.
Compiler : Syed Zafar Ahmad
Designation: Executive Editor & Compilor
Bio: A freelancer with a flair for experimenting with innovative technology and electronic gadgets that could enrich the life of a modern common man, and a consultant in issues touching every-day life of a computer suave professional.
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