Where would you be without the internet nowadays, huh? A little over 10 years ago, we had just discovered the 'world wide web', and figured it was a cool little way to browse (surf?) through a number of websites. There wasn't much out there at the time; a few message/bulletin boards, one or two email providers (where Hotmail was pretty much the only well known one, before it was owned by MSN), and very limited content to view.
With the years, it grew. More and more websites were created, by corporations, then small companies, and then individuals. Free hosting by services such as Geocities allowed people to create their own websites, so the amount of content increased tenfold. Then Yahoo came and organized everything for us, and made it easy for us to find them. Then came the messaging services, like Freetel and ICQ, and more people logged on to use the internet. And then the shopping frenzy of Amazon and Ebay. And Google. And Messenger. And Skype. And MySpace. And Blogger. And YouTube. And Facebook. And Flickr. And the story goes on.
And now, seemingly everyone is somehow connected to the internet. Not just connected; many of us rely on it. Whether for communication with friends, doing business more efficiently, booking a hotel for a last minute vacation, or finding out the information we need for our current project. Many of us are semi-reliant, if not fully reliant on the internet.
So what would happen to you if it was to dissapear? All of a sudden? We've become so attached to it, not only as individuals but as a society, as a planet, that results might be pretty extreme were it to just vanish. Very small possibility of that happening though, right?
Well, not exactly. The increasing usage and bandwidth requirement for data-heavy applications, combined with insufficient investment in infrastructure could mean brown outs by 2010. Yup, that's less than three years from now. We're looking at access resources being overwhelmed by our demand. Imagine that; our usage is killing it.
I remember the internet was pretty much text based at first. Then a few images were scattered here and there. Then more images. Then more high quality images, and animated ones too. Then flash presentations. Then music. Then video, and multimedia. Then live streaming video and music. I guess we all assumed that as the future comes, it would just get better.
Original Article; Information Week
(By the way, I blame it on Batelco)