The Future of the Internet In the 20 years that websites have been available to the public, the Internet has boomed beyond anyone’s expectations, and no one is really sure where it is going. While there are plenty of predictions, it’s hard to say if they will come to fruition, or if the Internet will continue its trend of blowing through expectations. If the experts are right, then here are some of the things you can come to expect in the coming years. Mobile Device Prevalence Mobile devices have gone from simple to nearly as complex as a full computer in the last few years, and many experts believe that this is going to continue. According to these experts, the mobile device market is going to take over the laptop and desktop market, making mobile devices the most common computers available.This prediction has a lot of weight going for it, considering how in the last few years mobile phones went from toys of the privileged to necessary devices for business, entertainment and all other walks of life. Streaming Media Some people believe that streaming media will take the place of regular TV packages offered by DirectTv and other similar companies. In reality, this doesn’t seem so far off, as streaming media is already gaining a lot of steam. People like being able to see TV and shows wherever they are, and streaming media lets them do just that.While there are many restrictions on legal streaming media, it is expected that as this becomes further adopted, that the problems will be stamped out. Personal and Work Time Will Be Erased Go back about 20 or 30 years, and the lines between work and personal time were very strict and visible. However, as the Internet has become more prevalent, the wall between the two has thinned.People can now easily work from home, especially with cloud architecture allowing anyone to log into and use the company’s tools. Experts believe that soon, people will be working more or they will be unable to escape from work due to how often the Internet is used. Unlike the other two future visions of the Internet, this one is not as glamorous, but it seems just as true. If anyone looks at the last few years, he or she should easily be able to see this already occurring. Voice and Touch Improvements Touch screen and voice-recognition are somewhat common depending on the platform and computer. However, as the next few years come to pass, voice commands and touch screens are expected to be integrated into most major computers.While touch screens are already widely used in mobile phones and tablets, it is a little difficult to say if touch technology will infiltrate the desktop and laptop market. It seems a little clumsy to use them on these platforms, but that could easily change in the coming years. Sophisticated Intellectual Property Theft While Intellectual property is constantly stolen and placed online, most attempts at doing this are rather sloppy and easily traceable. As the government continues to crack down on this, experts believe that the thieves responsible for uploading movies and media will resort to more sophisticated measures to make it harder to track and remove the theft.This seems to be a counter-balance that occurs between the two forces, because as one pushes, the other pushes back harder.The Internet is expected to change in many ways in the coming years. Some of the changes are good, while others are bad, and it is hard to say if these changes will be real or just imagined. However, one thing is certain: the Internet is going to continue impacting everyone’s life for a long time to come.
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