The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet


From 4k video, to 3-D, to virtual reality
and beyond, we’re in love with rich, immersive media. As content on the Internet has become more
dynamic, the amount of bandwidth we consume has skyrocketed, driving innovation in delivery
and storage technology. This is a look at the future of Internet infrastructure. The activity you’re engaged in right now
— streaming a video — is driving massive growth in the amount of data that’s being
transferred. For perspective on how much data we’re consuming,
853 1.2 megabyte 5.25 inch floppy disks — like what Oregon Trail used to come on — equals
1 gigabyte. And there are 1,000 gigabytes in the 1 terabyte
hard drives many of us have in our computers. In 2016, global IP traffic passed a zettabyte
for the first time. That’s one billion terabytes. Internet video accounted for half that bandwidth. But in 2021, total worldwide traffic is projected
to nearly triple to 3.3 zettabytes—that’s 3.3 trillion gigabytes of data. More than two thirds of that traffic will
be Internet video, with IPTV like netflix taking up another 22%. To keep up with the increasing demand for
data and high-speed connections, service providers have been driven to expand their network infrastructures
and initiate projects like Google Fiber, heating up the competition. As a result, installation of large capacity
100Gb ethernet equipment grew 450% year-over-year in 2016. Google is also planning to use wireless alternatives
that can deliver gigabit per second speeds to reach remote areas where it’s too expensive
to set up Fiber. The other advancement we’ll see is the development
of ultrafast 5G networks. In 2016 the Obama administration announced
a $400m, seven year public-private partnership — spearheaded by the National Science Foundation
— to jumpstart the effort. 5G will handle 1,000 times the traffic at
10 times the speed of existing 4G and LTE networks. Not only will you be able to download an HD
movie in under 1 second, but it will free up bandwidth to make room for what’s on
the horizon. Virtual Reality is incredibly data intensive,
and soon millions of driverless cars will hit the road as billions of additional Internet
connected devices come online. The Internet of Things is an absolute game-changer. Nearly every machine and many objects that
aren’t — like our clothes — will be connected to the Internet. [John Volakis] “They’re washable, they
can be embedded in electronics. I think eventually what we look forward to
is to have circuitry, memory, as well as computer functionality to be embedded within wearable
circuits.” You’ll be able to monitor your household
appliances from your smartphone, buildings will be able to self monitor to detect wear
and tear and factories will anticipate when its machinery — or more accurately, it’s
robots — will break down, utility grids will communicate with energy providers and
customers in real time, and cities will become smart as traffic lights, trash cans, water
and gas lines will all be able to send service and condition updates, saving people valuable
time and resources. This explosion of data-producing devices will
lead to a revolution in how all that data is stored. The data center industry is one of the world’s
most competitive markets. In addition to investing in adequate security
measures, companies big and small must make their facilities run as efficiently as possible. The widespread adoption of uninterrupted power
supply and cooling systems are driving energy reductions that weren’t possible even five
years ago. Thermal management units and an expanded use
of free cooling technology is creating energy savings of up to 70%. And by harvesting the power of our natural
environments like higher altitude locations, night-time coldness, deep sea or lakewater,
and subterranean geothermal energy, data centers are proving that the push to create a better
tomorrow doesn’t have to doom future generations. In 2014 data centers in the United States
were responsible for 2% of national energy consumption, but thanks to new technology
that figure that won’t grow significantly—even as the amount of storage facilities does. Another focal point is on speeding up the
time it takes to install new capacity. This is being achieved by pre-fabricating
new facilities off-site, cutting development time by 50%. And the next generation of datacenters will
use robots to make the system even more efficient. [Jason Hoffman]
“The reality is, when you look at all server storage networking design, the intention is
that a human being walks up and pulls something out and pushes it back in. Now if you ask the question of what if we
had all that done by robotic systems? What if we started physically automating the
entire facility as well, then that changes everything.” A lot of these new facilities power the cloud,
which is becoming the engine of futuristic economic growth. But some companies are putting so much data
into the cloud, they need Amazon Web Services’ Snowmobile shipping container-sized data-transfer
service. It picks up to 100 petabytes of data from
its customers for high-speed transfer into the cloud. In the near future, artificial Intelligence
will become pervasive and cognitive capabilities will help us analyze and manage the flood
of data that’s on the horizon. All this infrastructure development will pay
huge dividends. Right now, only half the human population
is online. As that number rises fast in the coming years,
these newly connected places will be able to leapfrog the slower, less efficient infrastructure
of the past. One technique — which could especially help
in rural areas — is Li-Fi, which uses light to transmit data. Harald Haas — who pioneered this technology
— demonstrated it in a Ted Talk. [Harald Haas] “I can block the light of
the solar cell. So first you notice the energy harvesting
drops and the video drops as well. If I remove the blockage, the video will restart.” [Applause] LiFi technology clearly has a long way to
go, but it serves as a reminder that much of the internet infrastructure of tomorrow
hasn’t been invented yet. Thanks for watching. Which technology do you think will have the
biggest impact, and what did we leave out? If you enjoyed this video hit the like button
and subscribe. And stay tuned, we’ll be profiling aspects
of the future and key innovations every week from here on out. Until next time, for TDC, I’m Bryce Plank.

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “The Future of the Internet

  1. What did you leave out?
    Ajit Pai, who is determined to put the USA (at the least) on the path to an internet dark age.

  2. "We are the Borg. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."

    Paraphrase that with a more "politically correct" case, and…. you got internet

  3. Dealing with data storage and speed is one thing, protecting that data is a whole different thing. We need to focus more on protecting data.

  4. I think the most impactfull computer technologies in the future will be: The Memristor, Lifi and Graphene,

  5. "what did we leave out"
    How about Spacex plan to send over 4000 satellites in orbit to bring the entire world free gigabit internet.

  6. Wrong, United States is fostering slavery in the form of Prison-Industrial Complex and privatized jails, which enables private corporations profit billions of dollars out of legal slavery. The Slavery system just needs some excuse to put somebody into jail for good. United States has incarcerated largest number of people in the world at present.

  7. For Canada its simple, less consumer protection policies and more competition, stop giving big telecom companies so much protection and using the CRTC as a way of providing fake protection to consumers. More competition = better service = better interconnectedness

  8. I didn't get what LiFi is all about. Isn't WiFi already doing the job? Not to mention that LiFi can't get through a sheet of paper.

  9. Cloud quantum computing is the most obvious omission imho. That service provider will have godly access to traffic and metadata.

  10. BLOCKCHAIN and the various applications of it: cryptocurrency, application platforms, and other forms of data storage.

  11. Worth of mentioning:
    The new generation of upcoming low latency satellite internet like OneWeb's 648 micro satellite constellation is worthy of notice, especially as even today is the internet in rural areas (in west and rest) still somewhat lacking compared to big cities.

  12. Omg, my mind is blown. I really want to get into big data. And Amazon with their truck data pickup service? WHAAAAAAAT. I'm in the future here. What a great time to be alive. I need to learn so much, I don't have any time. 🙁

  13. So will "the future of individualised solutions and a tailored experience" actually guide users "correctly"(?)" Cause people like me, have to make analog search lists now after the intellectual spontaneous ability of defin7ng *defining want or the specific path/objects, career etc, have been greatly affected."As with the general access to "advance" organizationally convenient, easily maintained enviroment which serves the interest of usage efficiently and optimally."For said purpose, to Maurer *maneuver more streamlined and smoothly creating less friction, less of a challenge to deal with creating negative associations and moreover." A positive outcome.

  14. I think that Nuclear Fusion, when it becomes practical will change the world in many good ways. A big reduction in wars is one way. Reducing mass refugee migration is another. Communities will be able to be self sustaining in harsh environments by being able to de salinate sea water and use it to irrigate vertical farms. Small communities will have their own power supplies and will be able to utilize them in the most efficient ways.

  15. First of, great video. But I'd like to hear you talk about surveillance infrastructure… If things are looking to get more draconian or free. What about current legislature and whatnot, thanks!

  16. And i am still Sittengesetz in the middle of Berlin (litteraly i live in"Berlin Mitte" wich means Berlin middle) with Download speeds of 1.5 Megabytes Per Second

  17. This is scary. This is a totalitarian wet dream. You wanna sew controls into my clothes and trash can. If robots are doing all the jobs, how do humans make an economic living?? What do we do with the excess humans?? Soylent Green anyone

  18. I myself am skeptical about the internet of things giving us more time and resources. In the past we have always found out how to waste that time, or our employers have just given us more work.

  19. Netflix is not IPTV, it's OTT. IPTV involves delivery from local servers and a connection to the company you subscribe to. Netflix is available to anyone with a internet connection.

  20. Isn't 5G mainly about providing internet connections for lots of sensors (like smart city or big events)? That is way how 5G has been tested in Latvia. Besides, yes, 5G speed is much higher than 4G, but it is not reasonable to provide that high speed for single user.

  21. One thing that hasn't been done yet but seems to be an inevitability, is an automobile mesh-network. Hopping signals across the automobile network may be a way to reduce demand on more traditional connections, like mobile-phone networks. This could be done with light or radio, or a combination.

  22. I think the 5G technology will have the largest impact with in the US. Just as the mobile phone replaced many landline telephone, this tech could replace some homes internet access points. Changing the way many access data. It's even possible that devices such as Tvs, washer and dryers, ECT. Will be able to connect directly to the internet via 5G and bypass the home router all together.

  23. Fiber to the Home, FTTH, will be an important aspect of future internet's infrastructure. There is an inventive method developed that replaces coaxial cables with fiber optic cables.

  24. Is the decentralized internet likely to become a reality?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJVW_DqLntg
    Would that make it impossible the FCC like regulators to mess around with net neutrality?

  25. AI will be a game changer, with ai you could compress a terabyte of data into a few megabytes, we dont need fast internet we need smarter internet

  26. Everyone come to our video. Please help us get this business of the ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFz–PinChs

  27. Sure, lets put all our infrastructure eggs in one electronic basket, that way when hackers and natural disasters strike-you can always be caught with your pants down.

    Great idea!

  28. There is PERFECTION before existence…We come from a heaven like place….

    Why to impose IMPERFECTION then? why to impose this hellish type of place…

    Learn about antinatalism…the road to perfection…to GOD…

    Pass the message on as I did…

    Learn the facts, watch the playlist…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqUiOCOSXcg&t=0s&list=PLEY-6zOqLhRH71MWn_Q9pQjEExznjsHMK&index=2

  29. So life in that world, those cities will be extremely expensive, and or the rest of populous won't survive maybe… am i right ?

  30. Maybe another technogy that we are yet to conceive of will come and kill the internet and do things that we have not yet conceived of. Imagine explaining the internet to the guys of the telegraph time…to them the telegraph was everything.

  31. I think abt how people in the future (lets say 100/200 years from now) will be thinking abt us regular people and how amazing it must have been living our time. The beginnings of so much technological innovation in a such short period of time. Hey, who knows maybe they'll see my comment one day. LOL. If they do…just one IMPORTANT thing. Dont ever forget to do ur civic duty. VOTE!

  32. I feel like making everything dependant on electronics and/or the internet will lead to issues. After all, they say not to put all your eggs in 1 basket.

  33. Internet of things… vr… more bandwidth… bla bla.., entire video is catch phrases and stating the obvious. Except vr and internet of things. Especially vr is absolutely not catching up as expected.

  34. What would just one solar pulse do to our planet. We are setting ourselves up for something BAD. Live within a short distance from the seaside. Beware water is rising.

  35. AI, robotics and blockchain technology will radically transform our society. The future will evolve quicker than we can possibly imagine. I am not saying that this a good or bad thing,  but how do you profit off of it is the question. If you have enough  prosperity then you can choose how much technology that you wish to adopt.

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