Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Future Of The Internet

Some of the top visionaries give their thoughts on where the Internet is headed. The future of the Net is Web 2.0 or Phase 2. Phase 2 is not what will be offered on the Net, but how we connect to it.

Red Herring has the story The Future of the Internet

Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf who is widely known as one of the “fathers” of the Internet for his role in co-designing the TCP/IP protocol and the Internet’s architecture.

Everything from the family fridge to the office coffee pot—as well as heating, cooling, and security systems—will be managed through the Internet, possibly using souped-up mobile phones doubling as universal remote controls.

As so-called sensor networks evolve, there will be vastly more machines than people online. As it is, there are almost 10 billion embedded micro-controllers shipped every year.

“This is the next networking frontier—following inexorably down from desktops, laptops, and palmtops, including cell phones,” says Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com.

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