What will the Internet look like in 2050?

A new report by UK-based Fasthosts has uncovered what the Internet will likely look like by the year 2050. Fasthosts teamed up with two world-leading futurologists – Dr. James Bellini and Andrew Grill ­– to reveal how the Internet will change over the next 30 years, and to better see how the digital landscape is set to evolve in the coming decades. Immersive VR, eye implants to view our social feeds, predictive algorithms, and green web hosting are just a few of the huge advancements to come over the next 30 years, according to the report.

Dr. James Bellini

Dr. James Bellini has been cited as “a historian of the future” with a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing business, government and individuals. Andrew Grill, a sought-after keynote speaker and trusted board-level technology advisor, has a broad and fascinating career spanning over 30 years. Fasthosts has been a leading technology provider since 1999, offering secure data centres, 24/7 tech support, and a highly successful reseller channel. It provides “everything web professionals need to power and manage their online space – including domains, web hosting, business-class email, dedicated servers and a next-generation cloud platform.” Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for us according to these two experts, and how that evolution will impact our lives:

Andrew Grill

Social Networks: An eye implant to view our social-media feed

• It’s apparently only a matter of time before consumers seize control of their own data, brokered by AI agents through personal clouds.

• The next generation of social networkers will be impacted by the acceleration in digital innovation, including the development of hyper-augmented reality and brain-to-computer interfaces.

• By 2050, there’ll be implants placed over our eyes to access our digital world – without the need for a display!

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence: Brain Computer Interface will replace Virtual Reality

• Virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) will pave the way for a more streamlined online experience – whether for ecommerce, entertainment or business.

• Due to rapid developments in the field of brain-computer interface technology, by 2040 users will be able to send information and commands through mere brain signals.

• By 2050, it’s expected that consumers will be able to plug ‘nanobots’ directly into the brain for full-immersion virtual reality that directly influences the nervous system.

• We’ll soon see VR developments across a broader spectrum of senses to simulate smell and taste – as current technology does for sight.

Data: Virtual clouds will replace hardware data storage

• The cloud will be able to accommodate further personal assets that would otherwise have historically demanded local storage.

• For increasing the capacity and capabilities of the cloud, green web hosting is set to be used universally by 2050. With this technology, companies will dramatically cut down on the size of their data centres in favour of cloud-based technology, and thus reduce their environmental impact.

Design: 3D Printing will replace old ways of shopping

• The prominence of the 3D printer will continue rising significantly.

• By 2040, all homes will have access to a device, laying the foundations for the DIY economy. A trip to the hardware store will be a thing of the past, in favour of simply ‘printing’ your desired appliance.

Security: Improving AI could spell disaster for our security

• Cybercriminals are the third most significant threat to humanity, after natural accidents and pandemics. Access to increasingly sophisticated technology could spell disaster.

• While extreme computing does bring countless benefits, it could also trigger a major concern. As we become ever more connected, those who intend to break through encryption barriers could use super-fast computers to do so in an instant, and take an immediate hold over the lives of millions.

Payment: A cashless society is coming

• The demise of cash has been long predicted, and a total reduction of printed money and coins is predicted before the turn of the next decade. Currently, 60% of UK adults expect a completely cashless society by 2030.

Customer Service: Algorithms that predict our needs

• As the world shifts towards digital platforms, customer service will follow suit. In-person customer service will be a thing of the past, with digital advisors placed to address concerns and queries – unless a situation requires complex human involvement or interaction.

• As early as the next 5-7 years, we’ll begin to see a rise in digital agents. As these agents evolve, they’ll begin to think for us, renew our insurance for us, screen advertise messages for us and more.

For more information please visit the Fasthosts website.

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