In our increasingly digital age and an age of smartphones, tablets and high speed internet its interesting to see how these new technologies are impacting our use of telecommunications and the internet. In the UK we are still a long way from having high speed internet and the average speed across the country is still under 10MB/second. However, were predicting that we will have fibre optic throughout most of the country by 2015 and it will be interesting to see how this changes the face of the internet and how we communicate. With that in mind I thought Id look at how we can expect the internet and our use of it to change in the next decade or so.
Increasing website complexity
If we think how far websites have come from the days of dial up its not hard to envision how they will continue to grow in complexity as our internet use and speed continues to allow us to push the boundaries of what websites can do. If you think our graphic and data capabilities allow live streaming, near instantaneous downloads of data, complex multi layered graphics and incredibly complicated online computer games NOW. Imagine what will happen when the average internet speed worldwide pushes 50MB a second and then improves. Line speed tests on traditional phone line internet can reach a maximum speed of 25MB a second but the average speed is still incredibly low. For fibre optic the lowest speeds are in the mid 20MB a second.
What makes this more interesting is the parallel technological developments we are already seeing. 3D film is already here, 3D computer games will be making a real appearance with the next generation of consoles coming next year and companies like Apple are already trying to create glasses that connect to the internet and provide real time data about your surroundings. Now think what will happen when we apply these new developments to the internet. 3D enabled internet doesnt seem that far-fetched and a whole new world of technology led interaction with the internet and the world will come about. In this sense fibre optic is going to be the catalyst that really gives us some serious new technological power and innovation!
Changes in communications
The rapid development of the internet has brought us so many new ways of communicating its untrue. We have Facebook, Twitter, Skype and a whole new world of ways to chat. While these have all been around for a while the truth is that as Smartphone, tablet, computer technology and the internet speed improves the traditional communications websites will become increasingly obsolete. At the moment broadband and phone deals are incredibly popular but they are likely to become obsolete as we look more to the internet to communicate and less to traditional landlines. At the moment we pay for landline rentals but this too will be unnecessary as the internet and mobile phones replace the need for a landline. In younger generations the onus is already on free communication platforms like twitter, Facebook and wazzap etc. The way we communicate in the future is likely to be increasingly complex and increasingly interactive with live video chatting not seeming too far away as standard given the increased capabilities the internet enables.
While, obviously, nothing is certain for the future it looks like were in for an interesting decade in terms of technological advances as the internet improves, technology improves and well everything gets even more complex!