I still remember when I got my first modem and Internet access. It was a 14.400 kbps dial-up modem, back in 1993 or so. I used it to explore the first versions of Yahoo!, when it worked like a directory and not a search engine, and to play text based games like MUDs. One thing was clear to me: this new technology was fascinating.
The Internet turned out to be not only fascinating but also pretty useful. As you probably know internet services affected pretty much every single industry and segment on our society, from music to television, from education to finance.
But what is coming next?
There’s an interesting article over at the Cisco Blog exploring this question. The article is titled How the Internet of Everything Will Change the World…for the Better, and here is a quote:
So what will the next decade of the Internet bring?
From the Internet of Things (IoT), where we are today, we are just beginning to enter a new realm: the Internet of Everything (IoE), where things will gain context awareness, increased processing power, and greater sensing abilities. Add people and information into the mix and you get a network of networks where billions or even trillions of connections create unprecedented opportunities and give things that were silent a voice.
Cisco defines IoE as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before–turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.
The only point I don’t agree is that we are already on the Internet of Things. In my opinion we still need 5 to 10 years more to really enter into that era (i.e., when most of our devices will have an RFID chip).
The article has a couple of interesting infographics and many insights to be gained though, so make sure to check it out.