The Internet is over
A Google executive said recently that the Internet will disappear. In his view, what we know and recognize as the Internet will cease to be. As technology continues to evolve and blur the boundaries between what is online and what isn't, previous conceptions of what we know today may become antiquated. Recent developments in Internet technology show that this may happen sooner rather than later.
What does the Internet is ending really mean?
CNBC reported that Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt indicated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the Internet as we know it is ending. Schmidt's view it is that as the Internet encompasses more technology and becomes a part of everyday objects and services, what was once recognized as the Internet will cease to be. In the future, everything will be online.
"There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won't even sense it," said Schmidt, according to the news source. "It will be part of your presence all the time."
ABC News noted that, in Schmidt's onion, as wearables become more widespread amongst consumers, and as the world becomes increasingly interconnected through networks that communicate with all electronic devices, the Internet will evolve into an entity that surrounds us and everything. The Internet of Things as a concept may soon also disappear. If everything is connected online, perhaps there will only be things in the future – as the Internet will be a given. Can you imagine a world where you can access your air conditioning system, car engine and work computer with one handheld device?
Google wants to be the king of all things Internet
According to CNBC, Google is positioning itself to become the dominant force in the next version of the Internet. The search engine company received significant media coverage this past week with its $1 billion investment in Elon Musk's SpaceX. The investment is intended to help both companies explore new ways of using satellites to bring the Internet to remote corners of the world. Google has been exploring new ways to provide web access to people that typically do not have connectivity – space may in fact be the final frontier.
The news source also reported that Google is diving into the wireless sector as well. The company intends to sell mobile phone plans to consumers starting this year. Currently, Google is devising plans to work with wireless carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint. The search engine company hopes to leverage their existing networks in order to sell access to its own customers.
It is interesting to think how things have changed. What was once a technology developed by the military to send confidential information has become a part of everyday life. In the 90's, America Online was seen as a breakthrough. Today, Internet via satellite and refrigerators connected to the Internet are becoming commonplace. It is worth noting, however, that with so much information about our lives being uploaded online, privacy may soon disappear as well.