THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB
Most experts agree that the next generation of World Wide Web users will see things change rapidly. Boundaries that seem insurmountable now will blur into oblivion. Limits like national borders, languages and even space and time will seem to melt away into the porous digital world. Developments are expected in many areas of information technology that will change the landscape around us changing the way we live and work. The next twenty five years are expected to see major advances in mobility, connectivity and globalization.
Dr. Henry Samueli, CTO of Broadcom, cites Voice over IP (VoIP) as the early steps to full network convergence. He foresees the convergence of wireless voice and data and he expects that technology to become standard in medium to large corporations in the next 5-10 years. According to Dr. Samueli, "Workplace nirvana will be when everyone is connected, anywhere, anytime."
Of course this state can only be reached with continued technological advances in wireless connectivity. Wireless broadband has emerged as the favorite son of developers and hardware manufacturers alike. The early stages of this development have already begun and are expected to continue to unfold over the next decade.
With wide-spread use of wireless VoIP, devices that allow continuous connectivity will change the dynamic of human interaction. A device the size of a cell phone (or maybe even smaller) will have the capability to surf the Web, process complex applications and communicate by voice or video imagery simultaneously. This will greatly affect both personal and professional activities. Some even expect that devices will be implanted into human beings that will allow continuous access to the World Wide Web, making our access completely mobile.
These wireless technologies cannot be successful without connectivity. Most people are familiar with the dropped...