Dave's web 3.0 thread make me think of the future of the Internet in South Africa. Where would you say the web is heading?
Well here is my prediction for the future....
Currently the Internet is playing a huge role in communications, information, advertising and eCommerce. But it has the potential to grow much larger and certainly will. The Internet will become a lifestyle that will be shared amongst the entire population of the world. With mobile phones entering the internet market and making it easier to access the Internet, where does SA stand?
The Internet has become like a large city in a very short period of time. Already there are fridges that has the capability to order groceries when it runs out, LG Electronics was the first to roll it out. The Internet refrigerator can serve as a TV, radio videophone. How useful this fridge is atm is debatable as it is a bit before its time despite being rolled out 9 years ago.
Well there is also the Internet microwave that keeps your food cool until you tell it via the Internet to warm the food for you as you are on your way home. Will the Internet become such a big part of our lifestyle?
Then there is the future of TV and Radio, that should be high on the discussion as well. Just how practical is it to say that our existing TV and radio channels has allot to fear from the Internet? Well I would say very. What will the end result be once there are so many channels available that it is impossible for ICASA to regulate? Recently we had the "Do governments have a duty to censor internet content?" thread. Will the government interfere with the Internet and start legislation that manage what we can see and what not? I see allot of changes in the future, I see allot of concern for the freedom of the Internet.
What do you see in the future of the Internet?