The Internet has gone through many changes in such a short amount of time. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 to the semantic Web 3.0 of the near future, much is left to the creative imagination of what is to be the Internet ten to twenty years down the road.
Firstly, i would highly expect the semantic web to take root in our daily lives, integrating things, people and web pages into a seamless organism. Household items like the fridge, and the microwave would function intelligently with the Internet, to be able to pre-program cooking timings according to the type of food. Similarly, fridges may let people know that milk inside is about to expire based on a calculated time function from information found online.
Next, education may comprise more of the Internet instead of traditional texts and classrooms. Perhaps online technology would be improved so significantly that users may use Skpe or GoogleChat as the next vehicle to learning, instead of actual vehicles like the bus or train to school (hahaha, its the last post, i can afford to tell a joke?) Today, we cannot visualize attending class in our less than glamorous bed-attire; without make-up, for girls, and waxed hair, for guys. However, with new age Internet technology, pyjamas might just be the new school clothes.
Perhaps in the future, e-commerce and e-businesses would be abundant, displacing traditional businessess and retail shops, and even wet-markets. It may be plausible that grocery shopping could be done solely online, with aunties and uncles ordering fresh fish and vegetables from www.wetmarket.com. Think about it, in the future, the older, nonínternet generation would have passed on, leaving only the Internet savy (some may call lazy) generation of today. Online grocery shopping might just be the daily routines of tommorow.
Of course, in the post post post Internet age, avatars may be the norm. How cool would that be? Check out the Science-Fi thriller Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis incoporating avatars in daily lives; people getting fat and unhealthy in chairs, controlling avatars looking like supermodels. Check out the offical trailer for the movie here
Lastly, as this would be the last posting of this blog, i bid a tearful farewell to all those who have made the effort to come visit this blog (perhaps you would be the only one to see this Mr Choy) All in all, i had fun writing the blog, and learning about the Internet, learning some valuable information. At least now i know Tim Bernes Lee invented the World Wide Web.