“In only a few short years, electronic computing systems have been invented and improved at a tremendous rate. But computers did not ‘just grow.’ They have evolved… They were born and they are being improved as a consequence of man’s ingenuity, his imagination… and his mathematics.” — 1958 IBM brochure
The Internet is a medium that is evolving at breakneck speed. It’s a wild organism of sweeping cultural change. It’s transformative: it has transformed the vast globe into a ‘global village’ and it has drawn human communication away from print-based media. Here’s a video by the European Union to better explain the future of the Internet and the evolution from web 2.0 to web 3.0.
Right now, its perils are equal to its potential. The debate over ‘net neutrality’ is at a fever pitch. There is a tug-of-war going on between an ‘open web’ and a more governed form of the web (like the Apple-approved apps on the iPad/iPhone) that has more security but less freedom. With this, here’s a video about the grim future of the Internet by pro net-neutrality organizations.
Ultimately, through technology, we hold the reins to our own evolution.
For the first time in history, it might be said that there are moral implications in the act of evolution. The Internet is an extension of our senses and our minds, and its progress is propelled by our own creative and intellectual efforts. The future of the Internet will be shaped by millions of choices and decisions by people from all walks of life. Designers and programmers like us have the advantage of technical skill and specialized knowledge. Given the increasing presence of the Internet in our lives, our choices can have deep reverberations in human society.
To end this blog and this semester of fun and a experience filled learning journey with in you class Mr Abel Choy, I leave with you a funny parody of the first video on the future of our digital age!