the internet is dying
|Jacob Chapman||May 23|
The way we use the internet is changing. The difficulty of making a “modern website” grows greater and greater with each passing year. The complexity is unsustainable.
Lost but not forgotten
In the future, I think we will still have HTTP servers but the way we use and access the internet will be fundamentally different. With our brain implants we won’t need to really remember the location aka “URL” of a website but we just need to remember what we were thinking about when using the website. This is easy because if we forget what the website made us think about or reminded us of then we won’t remember to go back to it.
The appearance of internet content will become more fluid. This is kind of true already today. We have the oft under-used “Reader view” and CSS user-styles, but in the future AI will bust this problem domain wide open. Computers can translate and convert content very well. Just a few years ago Google Translate was a novelty but now it has been incorporated into the everyday (at least for me).
In the future we will be able to easily convert text news articles and stories into video at the click of a button. It can be in any style that you like: spongebob-esque, 7’oclock news, every character is played by Ryan Gosling. Ultamitely it will be any media to any media: “interpreted cave paintings to audiobook voiced by David Cameron—wait a minute who is this voice that we’re hearing?? oh we mean David Attenborough, click, ahh now that is better”.
The Internet is dying
GeoCities died—and that marked the begining of the end for one form of internet publishing and consumption. It was a long death—a death about 10 years long. Websites in general have been dying a slow death and we are nearly at the end. Webapps and publishing platforms like Blogspot, and Wordpress have replaced websites. But Blogs are dying too—replaced by Twitter, Medium, Substack, Facebook Groups, Weibo… but all these things are dying too. What will replace the internet?
I think we will always have a network of machines but how those machines will communicate with each other will change over the centuries. We will have the basic protocols of the internet like GET/POST/PUT for another couple hundred years at least and then we will have a new, better format which will be more in-line with how we consume digital content in the future.
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