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The Future of the Internet. Your Immediate Future and the Internet. Job Searches:, daily newspapers, potential employers New browsers (Firefox) and methods of accessing internet (cell phone). The Near Future of the Internet. Increased bandwidth

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Your Immediate Future and the Internet

  • Job Searches:, daily newspapers, potential employers

  • New browsers (Firefox) and methods of accessing internet (cell phone)

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The Near Future of the Internet

  • Increased bandwidth

  • More Cable Modems and DSL connections

  • Fewer telephone/modem connections

  • More video/animation/sound

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What will the future look like?

• What will this do for design?

• What will be the languages/software used?

• Opportunities for software companies?

•  More or less accessible to non-professionals?

• Effectiveness of static websites?

• Will there be “two webs”?

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Websites Combine all Media

  • Video and Animation and Text.

  • Skills become more specialized.

  • All-purpose web designers less common.

  • But, convergence opens up entertainment industry: more jobs and cheaper to produce visual entertainment.

  • More forms of entertainment and e-commerce are possible. (May be more interactive.)

  • Internet ratings

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  • Combine:

    internet/the web





    Think digital cable companies now.

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“What’s Wrong with the PC?”

  • Do we need a large clunky desktop or laptop computer?

  • Can we have appliances to do what we need? …including web access (through cell phones, etc.) …e-mail. …photo printers.

    •  Appliances both support and reject idea of Convergence.

    •  Which do you prefer?

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Cable Television Forging Ahead

  • DVR

  • OnDemand services

  • Alter advertising model

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The End of Wires

Wireless technology eliminates phones, cables, etc.

Cable television reverts back to broadcast with decoders?

No phone wires?

Developing countries

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Everything Gets Bigger

“Screens” are larger

• Flat screen television

• Wall televisions

“Screens” are everywhere

• Every room of the house

• Waiting rooms

• Stores

• Cars

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Everything Gets Smaller

  • PDAs

  • Watches

  • Clothes

  • Glasses

  • Small projector

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Web/Internet Interfaces

  • Pen

  • Voice

  • Finger

  • Projection/Touchscreen “sensor”

  • Eye

  • Biofeedback possibilities

  • “Talk to your television”

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“The Invisible Computer”

  • Intelligent Agents

  • Refrigerator/Supermarket

  • Supply Cabinet/Supply Company

  • Track kids and older folks

  • Clothes/Hospital & Doctor

  • Active Messenger (MIT): sends message to any number of sources, depending on where owner might be. Analyzes importance of message.

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Internet Communication

  • Text messages through cell phones now.

  • Faxes can get converted to e-mails now.

  • Voice messages replace e-mail or complement it.

  • What are advantages of each?

  • Cell phones replaced by something smaller: all voice controlled? Or more of a reliance on text messaging: requires literate society.

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Cultural and Political Changes I

  • Picture phones.Form of communication. Stay in hand

  • Howard Dean

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Cultural and Political Changes II

  • Short Message Service (SMS) messaging.

  • In some countries, cheaper than phone service. Cell phones much more common than PCs.

  • Philippines: 2001. President Estrada lost power to “smart mob” and text messaging

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Cultural and Political Changes III

  • Seattle: 1999. World Trade Organization protests.

  • Toronto: 2000. Violent protest webcast.

  • South Korea: 2002. Presidential election.

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Digital Lifestyle I:Entertainment on the Internet

  • Watch shows and films

  • Participate in plays (avatars)

  • Multiplayer games exist now

  • Play games/shows. Will others watch?

  • Chats: what would happen if they became more real? (not text or avatar based)

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Digital Lifestyle II: E-Commerce

  • More products will be sold on the web.

  • “Bit” products may be downloaded.

  • Newer generations will be more comfortable with the internet/web.

  • What products can’t/won’t be sold entirely on the web? Why?

  • Retail clerks are one of the largest work forces in country.

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Digital Lifestyle III

  • Internet Dating (all purpose or based on religion, college)

  • Virtual work

  • E-learning

  • Friendster

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Problems with the Digital Lifestyle

“Internet to Information Superhighway”

  • With broadband, more mainstream content

  • People will demand more lively, more active sites.

  • Less education/non-profit sites

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Possible Negative Changes

  • Flat fee vs. pay-per-use

  • Privacy issues (Google)

  • Information vs. Entertainment

  • Mass audience (videos and Blockbuster)

    …or is it really a unique medium? Think BLOGS.

  • Culture devalued (art, music, books) from “information overload.”

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Security Issues

• Individuals recorded in public places.

  • Too much information created.

  • Able to track one particular person.

  • GPS systems (employees/kids/older folks)

  • Rheingold’s: “Always on Panopticon”(all-seeing place: formerly schools, prisions, mental institutions)

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Backlash against the Internet

  • More face-to-face clubs community theater, bowling

    •  More family and friend nights:

    “turn off box”

    • Or it all becomes merged.Increases communication and more voice and face to face contact emerges.

    Finding new friends at the airport.

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More informationbecomes a part of life.

Enjoy the web.Thanks for listening. See you at the final.