Beulahland's Website Compass

8 WebsiteCompass Internet Connections In the 50+ years since, the internet has grown exponentially. It’s gone from linking a handful of computers to connecting billions of users around the globe. The internet has also revolutionized how we research, learn, communicate, work, shop, bank, entertain ourselves, receive health care, and much more. What will the internet look like in another 50 years? A More Virtual World Futurologists believe we’ll be living in an increasingly virtual world. Our digital presence will not be separate from the physical world but ingrained in it. Virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) will pave the way for a more streamlined online experience. In the beginning, keyboard-based devices were the primary way of communicating with a computer and accessing the internet. Today, natural-language virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Siri, are becoming the norm and more people are using conversational methods to communicate with their devices. The next evolution will be using augmented reality to access information. Judith Donath, a researcher for the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and author of The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online, said, “Within only the next quarter century, the way we now search or use the internet will be considered archaically clunky. Information will be displayed, floating in the air ... the web will appear in the real world, not just on glass screens. Gone will be keyboards, the mouse, and screens.” Activating a Digital Overlay Due to developments in the field of brain-computer interface technology, we should be able to send information and commands through mere brain signals by 2040. Taking that a step further, it’s expected that by 2050, nanobots (robots Exploring the Future of the Internet Expect fewer keyboards and more augmented reality glasses As technologies go, the internet is still a child. It was born on October 29, 1969, when “Lo” was sent from a room at UCLA to a Stanford Research Institute computer console—the world’s first message transmitted via an interconnected computer network. (It was supposed to say “Login,” but the system crashed before completing the task.)

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