How the Internet of Everything Will Shape the Next 25 Years of Internet History

March 12, 2014 - 9 Comments

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, an important milestone as we look at how far we’ve come and how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is shaping our future.

Developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at CERN, the Web was borne from the need to keep track of complex, large-scale projects without the loss of important information. We’ve come a long ways since March 1989, when Berners-Lee published his idea of “linked information systems.”

Today, IoE is driving connections beyond just data. The convergence of connecting people, things, data and processes is transforming organizations, industries and our lives. The growth of mobility and cloud computing is further driving innovation and an increase in the number and kinds of connections.

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To illustrate this transformation, let’s take a quick look at life just two decades ago. According to a new national survey to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web, Pew Research revealed that in 1995, 42 percent of U.S. adults had never heard of the Internet and an additional 21 percent were vague on the concept—they knew it had something to do with computers and that was about it. In addition, 20 years ago, only 14 percent had access to the Internet.

Life today looks dramatically different than it did in the mid-1990s. The World Wide Web has transformed into an Internet of Everything world, where virtually everything is or will be connected to the Internet. From smart cars to Internet-enabled eyeglasses and even trees that tweet, the IoE is not only connecting the unconnected, it is driving unprecedented value from these connections.

Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest innovations in the history of mankind, but the future looks just as transformational. Here are just a few ways the Internet of Everything will evolve in the next 25 years:

IoE will contribute to a rise in economic opportunity. We estimate that the Internet of Everything is a $19 trillion global opportunity over the next decade. This number is sure to increase dramatically over the next quarter of a century as more organizations and governments deploy Internet-enabled technology across various industries.

The Internet of Everything will be more personal and predictive. As more connected people, things, data and processes collide, the Internet of Everything will drive the growth of what Gartner describes as “personal worlds.” With the help of mobility and cloud technology, the Internet of Everything will merge the physical world and the virtual world to create a highly personalized and often predictive connected experience.

The Internet of Everything will drive an intersection of technology and humanity.The idea for the Web began as a way to better share complex information and the future of the Internet will expound on this idea. The Internet of Everything will be driven by increased connectedness that puts powerful information at our fingertips. This capability will have tremendous impact on our world. Over the next 25 years, the Internet of Everything will help us scale and manage our precious resources and ultimately improve our quality of life. How we shape this transformation is up to us.

How will you shape the future of the Internet of Everything? Join the conversation, #IoE or leave a comment below.

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  1. I think the main issue will be the data security and privacy on the part of the users.The other challenge will be on personnel level as depending more on the internet will create some psychological issues psychosomatic problems.Although the benefit will be immense but downside too well be equal in proportion.So I think it is here we should set some priorities and should decide the quantum of dependence on the technology.

  2. Dave, Agreed. Past 25 years revolutionized info share. In next 25 years, we not only need securely and efficiently collect/persistent/distribute this info, but also need huge facility/system to identify and filter out the noise, distribute specific info to right targets. We also need establish systematic reward system to leverage the expertise on the web. We also need to invent system to utilize this info to automate people work/life. I think the keyword would be “automate” in next 25 years.

    • Chris, agree on automation. In fact I think we’ll see a huge focus on context – in that the information or service you (or a thing) needs will be delivered (vs. having to go hunt for it) based on where you are, what you are doing, etc. Context.

  3. Sir
    it is not as simple as it is in saying do every internet enabled.
    To me the issue is a solution of various complex things and mostly what requires for one single internet connection.
    The traffic which affects internet service or has become cause to be limited with internet. This issue infact can be settled by uploading servers @ group per clients formulla but each server containing all the internet data.
    We can offer each client internet connection through an existing pathyway or with one same connection we shall use data packed practice to locate each one individual client like we use web site to locate each particular client.
    It can be done manually more precisely which takes care of security.
    It makes data security as there shall be the same data availiable on all the existing servers or we shall inform the each user to take day backups each time when completing his work.
    This teachnique may like more lengthy but is a best solution. We shall upload each server at the end of day usually our own end day time automatically or manually by simply overwriting teachnique or some similar notation.
    The issue of accessibility or cost depends upon market and infact privacy of data. The accessibility is the most vital concern we shall use different types of choices for each web site global for every one , private accessible on particular internet connection and etc etc.
    It can solve the most of the harware conflicts beacuse there will be one and the same internet for every one. We can provide a facility to make your own web server and at your own jurisdiction. We keep also all the facilities to make each server connected togather.

  4. RST Fiber has activated the backbone for the Internet of Everything across the State of North Carolina. Our IPv6-100gbps network is using Cisco EPN architecture which combines a variety of cutting edge infrastructure technologies including optical network solutions and carrier grade IPv6 solutions. Additionally our network uses Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS-2000) which connects DWDM transport networks at rates of 100gbps and beyond. We look forward to working with Cisco in continuing to build the Internet of Everything. #IoE

  5. We intend to shape the future if #IoE by reversing the scientific method. Engage citizen scientists to accelerate research in autism spectrum disorder by crowdsourcing data collection who’s metrics are predicted in Applied Behavior Analysis via HIPAA-compliant social network…then filter personally identifiable info to offer science a live database upon which to perform scaled research at fraction of cost. Mission: Change the paradigms of ASD research, collaboration, practice, and therapy. Let the data speak for itself.

  6. We should make the internet centralized, and provide a unique account to every-one on the net, and make a centralized database, to provide all possible services in convenient and more efficient manner …

    • Muzafar, thanks for your comment, but the whole point to the Internet is that it’s not centralized – so there is no single point of failure and it’s scalable. I am a fan however of giving every person in the world a unique (or range of) IPv6 addresses.