The internet has seen massive improvements in the last ten years and there’s even more exciting changes to come in the next decade. What could they be?
- Going to be even more mobile focused
The online world is becoming more focused on the individual user and how to create a more personal experience for everyone. Phones are handy and convenient to carry around, causing companies to continue to make their sites and technology mobile-friendly. Within the next decade, you’ll be able to do so much more with your phone.
- More 3d video and virtual reality shopping
Over the years, we have seen a rise in online shopping so much that it has become the norm. In a few years, we’ll begin to see more 3D video and virtual reality incorporated in online stores. One of the problems with online shopping is the inability to physically inspect the product yourself, leaving you to rely on 2d pictures, but with VR and 3d video, you’ll be able to have a more immersive online shopping experience. You’ll have an almost physical experience of being in the store while sitting in front of your computer at home. As Brian Hong of design firm Infintech Designs said, “there are always ways to get ahead of the competition,” and that’s just what VR will do for retailers.
- More remote workers offering 24 hour customer service
Remote jobs are on the rise, with organisations looking for new ways to cut costs. Companies will be able to operate fully through a virtual office, having staff across the globe. They’ll be able to provide 24 hour customer service, and with staff living across time zones, there’ll always be someone on duty even when it’s the close of business hours in your region.
- Faster data delivery, more real-time news and search results
Google is really big on real time news and search results and it’s going to get even better, and why not? We have 3g and 4g networks now but within the next few years, 5g mobile networks will be in the forefront. Imagine what else you could do with that kind of speed.
- Internet connection will become omnipresent
Now, we are connected to the internet nearly all day, every day. Soon, the internet will become like electricity – perpetually there.
- Privacy will become a bigger issue
There are already growing concerns about how our online activities are stripping us of our privacy, with companies like Google and Experian saving all our information in a cloud. These concerns are bound to get worse over the next few years.
- The internet of things will be bigger
Already, the internet of things connects household appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves, and soon these connections could include cars and clothing. It is projected that by 2020, there’ll be 50 billion connected devices, and by 2025 that figure is bound to double.
- Unlimited knowledge
Right now, you are able to ask Google just about anything but in the years to come, this will expand even more. With countless sensors gathering data from satellites, cameras, and wearables, we’ll be able to know whatever we want.
- Big data and clouds
Every day, we are creating new data that keeps getting stored in the cloud. It has been estimated that in 2008, About 5 exabytes of unique information were created. Now, that number has increased to over 1.2 zettabytes. One zettabyte is equal to 1,024 exabytes. Much of this data is high-definition video, and going by the rising popularity of video content, the most part of online information within the next decade will be in video format. Right now, the cloud makes real-time translation possible. With all the data from connected devices being stored in the cloud, our phones could soon know to cut off an incoming call when we are driving.
- More AI
Artificial intelligence is getting more sophisticated by the day. Siri is great but within the next decade, AI will be more intelligent and more present in our lives. They’ll scan us for disease, tell us what’s wrong with us and how to solve it.
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