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Anybody else remember the days of BBS's, when you had to dial up to somebody else's computer to "get online", often having to wait for a phone line on their end to open up. I think that was in the early 90's, or late 80's.

We've come a long way since then! High speed connectivity has definitely made an impact in the online world. So much more information is only a few keystrokes away. And by 2008, broadband access is expected to double -- reaching 46 Million-plus households in the US!

So where do you think the Internet will be in 4-5 years? What do you hope it can do for you by 2008? How do you think it will change, and how will it change our lives?
 

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Even MORE porn!
 

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QUOTE(Snowmaker @ Feb 6 2004, 11:44 AM)Even MORE porn!

That's a given. But that's okay... that drives the technology on the web! We owe a lot to that industry!
 

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One of three majors that I had for my BS was in interdiciplanary technology. Throughout the various courses, we did a huge ammount of projection into the future of many technologies, including the internet. I'll elaborate more after lunch.
 

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QUOTE(Capt'n Mike @ Feb 6 2004, 11:49 AM)QUOTE(Snowmaker @ Feb 6 2004, 11:44 AM) Even MORE porn!

That's a given. But that's okay... that drives the technology on the web! We owe a lot to that industry!
Yeah, and so does the Kleenex company.
 

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Obviously it's going to grow, but i think that security is going to be a big issue. I mean look at all the viruses and patches that come out to "fix" the problems now. I think there will be a change in that people in homes will be set up more like co's do to provide more security to their systems. I also think that a totally new program is going to develop to integrate protection and the internet. Just my .02.
 

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I would hope that by 2008 noone has a phone line at home you'd use your broadband to do that over the web for free. Also that it would be a picture phone so you could see the person that your talking to. I'm sure there's plenty more but this is the one thing I think could really happen by "08" we have it now it just needs to be fine tuned.
 

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QUOTE(rerun @ Feb 6 2004, 04:32 PM)I would hope that by 2008 noone has a phone line at home you'd use your broadband to do that over the web for free. Also that it would be a picture phone so you could see the person that your talking to. I'm sure there's plenty more but this is the one thing I think could really happen by "08" we have it now it just needs to be fine tuned.
broad band telephone is available from a couple different providers now. Picture phone has been around for quite a while now, but just doesn't seem to be catching on. People don't seem to want to be seen while talking to others on the telephone. I watched a speach by the president of the FCC on cspan and he was wanting to have broadband as accessible and available as water or electricity. Actually there are expieraments out west about running broadband across power lines in addition to electricity and being seperated and filtered at the house. Also there is experamentation going on with globalization of hotspots working off of current towers so everywhere in the US at least will have radiowave broad band digital access. He's trying to get it down in cost to where it can be offered either for free or similar to a utility or incoporating it into a utility.
 

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2009 is 5 years away. Technologically that is forever. What could happen is standardization of the classroom and curriculums. When a student takes a test, it could be on line with a governemt agency in addition to with the teacher.

Greater security is a given
Greater personalization is a given
New and more flexible operating systems are a given (Linux maybe???)
Smaller and faster pc's are a given

Companies such as OnStar and TheInvisibleMonitor that I sell will become more comprehensive to the point of almost service problem diagnosis. Such as a Caddilac owner can call a 1-800 # and give them their vin number and the answering "group" can quickly view all of the vehicle systems and run necessary tests and either repair the vehicle from that point or send a dealer to get the car with the background knowledge of the problem. (similar to how NASA repaired their Mars rover thing from Earth)

Mobile speed pay type of payment systems will be everywhere. Grocery stores will have magnetic identification (similar to barcodes of today) and as a consumer, there will be no checkout lines. A person will just go to the store and as they leave, the computer will read the items on that person and charge the speedpass type of device.

Many more people will 1 be replaced with technology and 2 work from home.

I guess I'll stop there, we are talking about only 5 years.
 

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In 5 years do you have any idea the numbers that eBusinesses are going to pull in on the internet? GAJILLIONS of TRILLIONS of bucks.

The web and eCommerce and marketing are my forte because it's only going to increase in demand for online businesses in the future. Too bad I can't get a job NOW though


The internet has been nothing but good for our economy (excluding the 'dot-com' disaster), good for the shut-ins, and good for globalization as well.

 

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Not sure but I know id like to invest in something that would take off. I thought that sirus and xm radio was going to be a big hit. loss my arse on that one though. Went up to 16.00 a share then back down to like 1.00
Think web designers will be in demand. In the future, need to get my arse back to school for it.
 

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QUOTE(bobrob20 @ Feb 7 2004, 09:55 AM)Not sure but I know id like to invest in something that would take off. I thought that sirus and xm radio was going to be a big hit. loss my arse on that one though. Went up to 16.00 a share then back down to like 1.00
Think web designers will be in demand. In the future, need to get my arse back to school for it.
sirus and XM have a cost associated. I don't think anyone will want to pay for radio. (although I guess it works well for TV)
 

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How about truly effective natural language searching (with voice command).

User: "Computer, find info on available boat wells on Lake St. Clair"

computer comes back with a list and maps out where they are located, etc.
 

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Voice portals. Using the phone to get information from the net on demand, anytime, anyplace.
Examples are Tellme and Yahoo Phone.
 

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QUOTE(HazyMemory @ Feb 7 2004, 09:35 AM)sirus and XM have a cost associated. I don't think anyone will want to pay for radio. (although I guess it works well for TV)
Over one million people signed up for XM radio last year...
 

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How bout IPv6 which includes expanded addressing, think a IP addresses on your fridge, furnace etc. Stuck out of town? connect to furnace and turn down/up. Auto order more coffee and milk, BEER. Course security is and will be a major factor.
 

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QUOTE(raind @ Feb 7 2004, 10:34 AM)How bout IPv6 which includes expanded addressing, think a IP addresses on your fridge, furnace etc. Stuck out of town? connect to furnace and turn down/up. Auto order more coffee and milk, BEER. Course security is and will be a major factor.
That's what I'm excited about! Home integration!
BUT, Microsoft really needs to get their sh&% together, before I consider tying my home into it!
 

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"BUT, Microsoft really needs to get their sh&% together, before I consider tying my home into it!"

You got that right - I still use a windows OS however I'll never use Internet Exploder....
 

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have you guys looked lindows os?? I just read a small bit about it this morning.

"LindowsOSTM is a full-featured operating system like Microsoft Windows XP or Apple Mac OSX. LindowsOS offers you the best operating environment available by giving you the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a windows environment. In addition, LindowsOS features exclusive CNR technology that makes installing software on LindowsOS easier than any other operating system -- simply find the software you want in the CNR Warehouse, then click and run it!

LindowsOS 4.5 takes only a few mouse clicks to install and takes less than 10 minutes on most computers. And the interactive multimedia tutorials walk novice users through everything from navigating the desktop to setting up email, wireless networking and more. Installing software is also a snap with the CNR Software browser, which lets you click and run software by downloading and installing any of the 1800+ programs in the CNR Warehouse, each with one click of a mouse, hassle free!*
With LindowsOS' advanced automatic hardware detection, your hardware will automatically be detected, and LindowsOS will seamlessly install the drivers for you (no need to keep track of all those confusing and annoying driver disks). LindowsOS has terrific hardware support, including expanded WiFi support for wireless Internet.

LindowsOS is "Plug & Play" ready, so you can plug in your USB or Firewire devices, such as scanners or digital cameras and LindowsOS will quickly recognize them and load necessary drivers in just seconds."
 
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