New technologies are evolving so quickly that it is difficult to predict exactly what the future Internet will look like.
What exactly does “future internet” mean? I’m talking about the third evolution of the web, where online life will become more decentralized and immersive. This phase follows web1, which is based on static websites, and web2, which features user-generated content and is driven by social media companies such as Tencent and Facebook.
The terms “web3” and “Future Internet” can be used interchangeably.
These terms may mean a little bit different things to different people, but as a futurist I can predict how web3 technology will unfold and affect how we live, work and play. I have.
Here are five trends that could impact the future of the Internet.
Metaverse and immersive experiences
In the Internet of the future, digital (online) activities will blend with the virtual and physical worlds to create realistic and immersive experiences. Brands, schools, employers, and individuals all operate their own virtual worlds where people can come together to learn, play, work, or socialize.
The Metaverse — a shared, persistent digital environment where you can move from activity to activity with the same avatars, digital assets, and preferences — combines technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and digital twins to create a more immersive experience. There is a real and attractive Internet.
Rise of decentralization
In a decentralized internet, power and control are decentralized rather than centralized. In the future, the Internet will be increasingly powered by decentralized technologies such as blockchain and peer-to-peer networks, rather than controlled by a few government agencies or large corporations. This enhances privacy and security and reduces censorship. The decentralized internet will also enable new types of applications and services that are not possible with today’s centralized internet.
Three concepts that play a central role in web3 are:
● Blockchain: A way to store information built around distributed computing, encryption, and transparency.
● Cryptocurrency: A digital currency used for secure financial transactions that run on a blockchain network.
● Non-Fungible Token (NFT): A digital asset that represents ownership of a unique item or asset. NFTs can be securely bought, sold, and traded online, and each NFT represents a unique item or asset such as a work of art, collectibles, or Tweet.
● Decentralized applications (dApps): A digital application that runs on a blockchain outside the control of a single authority.
Hardware innovations like goggles, glasses and headsets will help speed up the next iteration of the future internet.
Tech giants are creating cutting-edge VR headsets for when you want a fully immersive internet experience, but also comfortable to wear when walking around and interacting in the real world. We are also working on devices such as smart glasses.
I recently tried out a prototype of Viture’s smart glasses. These glasses look just like regular sunglasses, but display a 120-inch virtual screen in front of your face. These glasses allowed me to block out the real world and play games, watch videos, and see like normal glasses.
The smart glasses of the future will bring augmented reality to life by displaying digital images and information in front of us during our daily journeys. This is just one way to bring AR into your work, play, and life.
This new wearable technology could eliminate the need for smartphones.
Body augmentation is the use of technology to enhance or alter the human body. In our current society, our bodies have already changed, such as the implantation of devices such as cochlear implants for hearing and pacemakers to control heart function.
As part of the Internet of the future, physical augmentation will go even further. Mojo Vision is developing an AR contact lens that places a micro LED display inside the wearer’s eye. Imagine being able to wear these lenses to see weather information, chat messages, or AR information about the world around you.
Some companies are pushing body augmentation even further and trying to connect our brains directly to the internet. Create an immersive, interactive experience that is directly connected to your system.
Neural VR allows users to control and manipulate virtual environments and objects using their thoughts rather than traditional input devices such as keyboards and controllers.
Companies like Neurable, Meta, and Elon Musk’s Neuralink project are all working on BCIs that have the potential to revolutionize how we interact with the internet in the future.
Bringing Touch and Sound to the Internet
Developers are also keen to build devices and wearables that allow us to experience the internet on a deeper level using all our senses.
There are already haptic suits like the Tesla suit that can provide a full-body experience that simulates real touch, but currently most VR users are unable to do so. In the future, glove-like haptic devices will become more accessible to everyday users, with lightweight, wearable haptic patches providing the sensation of human touch over long distances.
Sound will also play a very important role in the Internet of the future. Spatial audio allows him to enjoy 360-degree sound in virtual experiences and communications. Companies also need to think more about acoustic branding, which uses music and audio elements to create a unique, coherent and memorable audio identity.
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