What if your fridge e-mailed the local net grocer every time you were low on milk or what if your car placed a call to your mechanic when you have car a problem? Its all possible with a little imagine ation and the internet. We can only begin to imagine
what possible with the future of the internet the only thing we can be sure of is that it will play a large roll in our evreyday life. In this essay I will try not to bring you scenes from a science fiction novel but instead give you a picture of what is possible with the future of the internet. It is very difficult to predict the future of the internet because it continues to amaze us. Many tried to preidct the future of computers but few succeeded. It was Bill Gates, in 1981, who said, "640K ought to be enough for anybody." And Tom Watson, chairman of IBM, in 1943, said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Then Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, the man who started to make smaller and smaller computers, in 1977, said, "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." These quotes from some of the most respected and influential people in the history of computers shows how difficult it is to predict the future. I just hope my predictions prove to be more accurate.
One of the best ways to predict the future of the internet it to look at its humble begings. It is obvious that the internet has evolved by leeps and bounds since its creation just 30 years ago. The internet has grown from several connected networks to sevral hundred thousand connected networks. All tied together to creat the back bone of the internet. From a few users to millions of users. It grows at speeds which continues to astonish analyst. Even the most modest of expectations for the growth of the internet exceed that of 200 percent per year. As the price for internet access decreases and service increases more and more people are getting "wired" to the...
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