The Internet is progressing at such a blistering pace that by 2020, we are probably going to see a lot of changes, hopefully for the better. For example, right now here in 2012, we’re seeing a vast amount of data being uploaded to the cloud, as more and more people abandon concepts such as hard drives and CD/DVD disks, in favour of cloud services such as Google Music and Evernote. We’re also seeing file storage solutions offer us even more space in the gigabytes and terabytes, while wireless Internet connections continue to proliferate everywhere in homes, bars, coffee shops and other public places.
Our infographic this week, courtesy of Visual.ly, shows us some of the possible changes that we might see in 8 years time. I’m sure we will see more people online as infrastructure, services and businesses start hooking up more to the net. This will mean more people, from a wider area of the world, from a wider variety of backgrounds, will be able to enjoy the benefits of the net and it won’t become a toy of the privileged richer nations. I’m talking about places such as the African continent, South America and Asia.
But as usual, every good thing has its price. With more people, services and infrastructure going online, the Internet becomes an even bigger and rewarding target for criminals and hackers who want to take advantage. So the infographic claims that we are likely to see a big rise in the number of hacking incidents by 2020, which I think is probably true.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of the infographic and what you think the Internet will look like less than a decade from now. Will it be a place of innovation and wonder, or a lawless online Wild West?
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