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Old 08-03-2014, 10:43 PM
 
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Where do you see the future of the World Wide Web and the Internet? What do you think it will be like in 25, 50, or 100 years time?
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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Where do you see the future of the World Wide Web and the Internet? What do you think it will be like in 25, 50, or 100 years time?
The internet will continue to grow as it is just the connections between computers. The web will continue to grow for people who want entertainment. But there will begin to be other networks run on the internet via various protocols that eliminate all the ads and other foolishness the web has now. Those networks will be where work gets done and people communicate important information.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Where do you see the future of the World Wide Web and the Internet? What do you think it will be like in 25, 50, or 100 years time?
I think people will line up like sheep to have Google chips and probes implanted right up their ass - perhaps even right at time of birth.

Grandkids will have computer chips implanted in their brains and screens displaying 24/7 directly on their retinas. You'll fart once to delete your inbod, pick your left nostril to reboot. Your every thought will be instantly Facebooked and turned into an advertisement. No one will ever have to worry about that pesky "privacy" thing again.

It will no doubt be a dynamic, exciting time. I plan to be dead.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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roflmao!!!
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:30 AM
 
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Where do you see the future of the World Wide Web and the Internet? What do you think it will be like in 25, 50, or 100 years time?
It will become so common it will basically fade into the background, similar to how electric is.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Interestingly, I'm getting reports of people starting to drop their internet connection and live with the very limited bandwidth of cell phones. Having booted a computer without ad block and no-script, I'm not terribly surprised.

I am also noting that google searches are getting less useful again, but that could just be a cycle.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Basically the "internet of things" will continue to grow. Meaning, all vehicles will come standard with internet access, so that manufactures can monitor diagnostics of your vehicle and send you reports on what issues your car might be experiencing, and of course being able to use things like iHeart Radio or Pandora (which is already happening.) Your standard home appliances will all be online and receive regular firmware updates.

Purchasing products and services will be easier. Soon, people won't even need to carry cash or credit cards, they can just simply type in their on unique code at restaurants and shops, and then from typing in the code, they're given an option to pay from their checking/savings account, or a credit card account that is attached to this code. Certainly this will put more emphasis on online security!

I think all TV will move to the internet, and ala carte programming will be available. When TV shows come out, it will follow the Netflix and Amazon Prime model by releasing the entire season at once.

I'd like to say that in a 100 years from now, all vehicles will be electric and we can finally do away with the need for gasoline engines.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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Your standard home appliances will all be online and receive regular firmware updates.
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.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Exactly my thoughts, Coalman. People designing technology are way overthinking, often with the profit motive pushing them to make something new so that what exists becomes "obsolete" or "no longer approved." The concept of design elegance has been superseded by the concept of "bright shining objects that sell and fail three days after the warranty is gone."

After three microwaves failed over our stove, I recognized that the designers and promoters of such nonsense are complete blithering idiots and charlatans who bought their engineering and design degrees strictly to make money instead of upholding any standards, and then promptly sold out to some corporate dweeb with an "idea" and designed a setup that was bound to fail. I hold such people in complete and utter contempt.

The simple fact is that the more complex a system is, the more potential failure points there are. Internet "security" and operating system "security" are cases in point. The open source security bug that was sitting there for anyone who cared to see got left for years. Why? In part because everything else was breaking so much and requiring so much attention that no one had the time to look at the code more closely.

I feel a rant coming on, so I'm just going to step back and watch people gush over the pretty baubles and gee-gahs.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:48 PM
 
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After three microwaves failed over our stove, I recognized that the designers and promoters of such nonsense are complete blithering idiots and charlatans who bought their engineering and design degrees strictly to make money instead of upholding any standards, and then promptly sold out to some corporate dweeb with an "idea" and designed a setup that was bound to fail. I hold such people in complete and utter contempt.
Worse part is I find out they have epidemic warranty for it because I guess it happened to many of these same models. They were covering it beyond the warranty, they wanted to send a technician out and if for any reason it wasn't the problem I'm liable for the service call. Thanks but no thanks... next thing is I'll have a bill that is more than the damn microwave.
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