The Internet: What Is the Future?

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Before the Internet was opened to the general public it was in fact called the ARPAnet. ARPAnet stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. In the late 1960s, The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and The Department of Defense (DoD) set out on an objective. They were trying to find a method to streamline communications as well as share data, but not using the old telephone approach of circuit switching to move voice and also data. That approach was only able to communicate in a linear fashion.

The ARPAnet, once established early on in the start (late 1970s, early 1980s) utilized packet switching which made it possible for the transmission of communication and data to several points on the net. That’s when the future of TCP/IP communications was firmly established. You can thank Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf, described as the father of the Internet. Along with Robert E. Kahn, Vint Cerf was responsible for designing the net’s basic architecture. ARPANet started out as a project for the DoD but was promptly expanded to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and academia; which permitted the sharing of data in real time. In 1989 ARPAnet was closed down and was replaced by NSFnet.

The First Commercial Use Of The Internet

The very first public and also commercial use of the Internet came in mid-1989 when Compuserve and MCImail offered e-mail solutions for anyone who desired it and then PSInet setup a commercial Internet backbone. By the end of 1990 Tim Berners-Lee introduced the HyperText Transfer Protocols (HTTP) also known as the World Wide Web. Soon other Internet protocols started being introduced: HTML, UseNet, as well as FTP (File Transfer Protocol). At that point the Internet was off to the races. Only in their wildest dreams would these Internet pioneers would have thought that today over four-billion people are now linked online across the globe. In the near future every person will certainly be connected thru one form or another and their lives improved immensely because of it.

Internet Has Changed The Way Business Is Done, Forever

Prior to the Internet, businesses were making use of fax machines, Federal Express for package deliveries and also Zap Mail, the U.S. Postal service (USPS), and really limited data transfer with Alpha Pagers (very short SMS messages for which you responded with Y or N for yes or no). At that time businesses were very upset with Junk Fax advertisements, little did they know that in the future e-mail SPAM was going to make that look like a petty nuisance. SPAM would be a thousand times worse. Before the help of SPAM blockers, users would have to manually delete every piece of SPAM E-mail by hand throughout the day, more than a petty annoyance taking up valuable time each day.

The World Wide Web accelerated the flow of information and Internet usage at a rate that in 1999 Bill Gates wrote the book Business @ The Speed of Thought. The Internet had become so popular that by the mid-1990s nearly every legitimate company, large and small, either had or was thinking of building an Internet website. An Internet website was seen as an online brochure readily available 24/7 without the need to publish as well as mail out company info to potential customers. The printing industry suffered, and many print shops throughout the nation were going out of business, nearly as quickly as the film-developing industry practically vanished with the development of electronic/digital video cameras.

The Commercial Evolution Of Internet Use

The Internet has certainly changed most everything in our world, but nowhere is the change as remarkable as it is in the business world. From 1990 to 2000, within 10-years everything was transformed. It was a chaotic time, yet a time for considerable opportunity. Change can be disruptive, and even destructive to a few, but it also opens the doors to great opportunities. The more chaotic the greater the opportunities. The following is a small list of several of the changes brought about by the introduction of the Internet to business:

  • E-mail ended up being the preferred method of communication
  • Businesses, no matter the size, created websites allowing them to compete on an equal footing
  • Interactive websites permitted customers and companies to conduct transactions online
  • Web Portal Websites sprung up with information on every market of the economy
  • Internet search engines were developed to offer instant information to consumers
  • Bulletin Board Systems and then Blogs, brought two-way communication for business
  • Social Networks and Social Business Networks were also developed
  • The whole world went mobile with phones and smart devices that take advantage of the Internet

Today, a world of information is at your finger-tips anywhere you are and also whenever you want it. SpaceX LEO’s (Low Earth Orbit) Satellite Network System, Starlink, will make the Internet accessible anywhere on earth, and any individual with a smart phone or device will be able to access the Internet. That will simply change a lot of things. Are you all set for the following wave of opportunity/chaos, aboard the next satellite rocket launch? Starlink is already deployed. It is schedule to come online in 2020. Change is the Internet’s only constant. Your business should be constantly making use of these new technologies.

The Next Big Evolution for Business Online

This is an easy one to predict, as market industries as well as the world’s largest corporations are already preparing. Just imagine The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Tech’s Data, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) all combined in real time on the cloud, and all that secured data and information at hand set and ready for anyone, anywhere on any smart phone and device?

Imagine running a manufacturing facility, supply chain, building and construction projects, medical facility, university, financial institution, or several retail locations and having access to the same important information needed and immediately accessible? Imagine all those systems incorporated, integrated, and also efficiently configured for maximum effectiveness on any kind of worksite or location, and having access the “required data” by each and every team member in real-time.

From a commercial viewpoint, the Internet just got a hundred-times more useful for those people with the drive and savvy to capitalize on those current and coming changes and the opportunities they provide.

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