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Old 08-05-2014, 11:57 PM
 
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It will become so common it will basically fade into the background, similar to how electric is.
This is what I think. It will be so common that we won't be aware of it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:01 AM
 
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This is what I think. It will be so common that we won't be aware of it.
Yes for the internet part of the OP's question. But the WWW part is similar to the electronic products. They are the ones that stay in the forefront and are the focus of our attention.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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There is certain limit here to where technology should be used and I really think that is beyond it. The question shouldn't be whether you can use new tech, you nee to ask yourself should you use new tech. My new fridge has feature where you can hold the phone up to it so it can send diagnostic info. That's great and all but the thing has stopped working twice so I guess I need it! Meanwhile the 20 year old fridge keeps chugging along in the garage like it did for the last 20 years and I know it isn't spamming anyone either.

BBC News - Fridge sends spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets

The other problem is when you go to fix this stuff forget about it, I had a microwave over the stove 1 year old that apparently had an issue with condensation that cause the keyboard to malfunction. I think they wanted $75 for new one.

I have a 100% mechanical timer with a mercury switch on my coal boiler that is about 30 years old and it will probably work for the next 100 years. Should I replace it with something new? Hell no, I really hate when simple things become over engineered and over complicated.
You're preaching to the choir. I feel the same way about those new fancy clothes washers and dryers. The thing is, what usually happens is the old, reliable is phased out for the newer model with the fancy gadgets on it. My wife and I lucked up and was able to find the old, standard washer and dryer, because we did NOT want the newer technology. My boss bought one of those fancy washers, and after six months, the thing broke down. The problem is, the old standard washers and dryers are slowly being phased out. So it eventually goes away from the question of should a person use the newer tech. You're going to use it whether if you like it or not. Availability of old reliable goes away, and you're forced to the new. And that is when technology usually becomes so standard that the consumer don't pay it much attention. Need a microwave? You'll have one with the fancy computer screen on it because that's what they all have now.

Where *I* hope technology really focuses on is the continued standardizing of 3D-printing and robotic manufacturing. Because both technologies can be done within the US and probably a lot cheaper than how said products were manufactured in the not so olden days. Of course, that's a different thread. This is about the internet. And whether or not certain household appliances should or should not be online is really a moot point. If its done right and the need for them being online is done correctly and effectively, then it will follow along with the thought that it will be so common that you won't even think about it being another node on the network. 100 years from now, I seriously doubt that's going to be an issue.
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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I don't think it will be The Internet, I think there will be many internets. Government and corporations will eventually make the Internet unbearable and unusable and this will drive people to create alternative networks.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Cat videos. In 25 years, cat videos will make up 100% of internet communications.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Cat videos. In 25 years, cat videos will make up 100% of internet communications.
And porn ... cat videos and porn.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Cat videos. In 25 years, cat videos will make up 100% of internet communications.
LOL! Reminds me of that ad blocker program that would turn all of banner adds into cat pictures. It was hilarious for the first few minutes!
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