The Future of the Internet Let’s take a look at how we think the internet will develop in the future. What do you think will be different about the internet in a few years time?
More Availability The Internet is already available on our PCs, laptops, games consoles, PDAs (Personal Data Assistants) and mobile phones. Computer scientists have developed new uses for the internet, for example: Internet TV Internet in Cars Internet Fridges Virtual Reality
Internet Television In the future will we need both television and internet? It is likely that TV and internet will be combined together. Why should we have to wait until 6 o’clock to watch our favourite TV show? Go to a TV website, click on the show, and enjoy your TV program whenever you have time.
The viewer can respond and reply to the “TV”. For example, you can immediately vote for your favourite singer on The Star. No more waiting for phone results.
You may be able to take part in game shows, quizzes, surveys and competitions through your interactive TV.
Internet Fridges Internet fridges are in the stores already. In the future these fridges will probably be able to order your food when you run out, tell you if your food has gone bad and suggest recipes. Or you could just use Facebook while you make dinner....
Can receive up to the minute traffic news, directions, as well as local information.
Feeling tired and need a hotel? Log on to the internet and locate the nearest one.
If your car is approaching a red light or police checkpoint, maybe the Internet will tell you to slow down.
Virtual - not real, but created by a computer to seem real and lifelike.
Games like World of Warcraft and The Sims have already created online virtual communities.
Scientists and writers have always believed in the future we will be able to create interactive virtual worlds.
Virtual Reality What is the future? How lifelike will virtual reality be? Imagine plugging yourself into the Internet and finding yourself skiing in Switzerland, playing tennis with your friend from England, driving a Formula 1 car at Monte Carlo or having coffee with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie...
Task Today We have learnt about some new and future possible Internet technologies today. Now it is your turn – you may work in groups of 3. Use your imagination, try and think of other ways the Internet will change our lives, and the lives of future generations. Create a presentation for next week.
Task Today The title of your presentation should be: The Future of The Internet Use the Internet for ideas and images, but please do not just cut and paste work from the net. Try to create about 7-10 slides.