Science and Technology

The Future of the Internet

By Raphael Cohen-Almagor

We have a universally interconnected electronic communication system based on a variety of linkable electronic carriers, using radio, cable, microwave, optical ber, and satellites, and delivering to every home and office a vast variety of different kinds of mail, print, sound, and video, through an electronic network of networks. The communications systems and networks are likely to continue their growth and to develop new applications that will affect our lives indifferent ways. With time, we can assume that more people will be able to connect to computers and to the Internet wherever they are, in all continents, and in the air. These capabilities already exist, and they will be enhanced considerably. Cell phones will become more sophisticated media centers, enabling traditional(phone, radio, TV)and new media(Internet, Kindle books, recorded books, games, music, camera, video, and new forms of entertainment). Advancedvoicedrecognitioncapabilitieswillmakeboththekeyboardandthemouseobsolete. Solutions will be sought to overcome the growing challenges of maintaining privacy, reducing noise levels and isolating the cacophonies of sound in public places.


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