As Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” Admittedly, we can’t predict every single detail regarding the future of the Internet but we certainly have a few ideas about where we’re headed.
The Internet is beginning to operate very differently than it has in the past. As revealed on World IPv6 Launch Day last Wednesday thousands of companies and websites around the world have now permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services, including four of the most visited websites – Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Yahoo! The way in which we connect to the Internet has been fundamentally altered.
Ultimately, this change will allow for the continued growth of the Internet, further supporting unprecedented network expansion, development, and innovation. As the Internet continues to grow, there will be new opportunities for business growth and economic stability.
An expanded Internet will also allow for a more connected society. It will support almost 340 undecillion IP addresses, and thereby virtually an unlimited number of connected devices. The Internet will become a widely accessible global resource, reachable by anyone from anywhere at any time.
The possibilities of the Internet are endless. Although we may not know the specific nuances of the future, we’re still very excited to see what comes next.
What do you think the future of the Internet will look like? Tell us below.
Lastly, thank you for joining us on our journey to debunk myths in an attempt to learn more about the Internet. We hope you enjoyed this last entry in our “Exploring IPv6” blog series as well as our conversations surrounding where IPv6 addresses come from and how IPv6 relates to the Internet of Things.