The internet of tomorrow may look very different than the internet of today. In honor of Week 3 of National Cyberscurity Awareness Month, SBS Co-Founder, Jon Waldman, shares his four predictions for the future of the internet.
Smart Driverless Cars Aren't Just The Norm, They're Required: In the next 10 years, we'll see connected, driverless cars everywhere; not only because they alleviate traffic jams, tremendously reduce the number of accidents, eliminate drunk/distracted driving, and reduce the amount of effort it takes to police drivers, but also because it will be illegal to actually and physically drive your own car on the majority of major thoroughfares in the US. There will still be plenty of places to drive your sports car, but it won't be the US Interstate System.
Augmented Reality Supersedes Plain Old Boring Reality. We've gotten hints of augmented reality through Google Glasses, certain phone apps, and basic Virtual Reality. However, sometime in the near future, our displays will begin to feature augmented reality information that will begin to become commonplace and expected. Imagine the windshield of your automobile - rather than simply being a sheet of glass - popping up information about the area as you drive through. Historical facts, store reviews, navigation, the best pizza place downtown, the nearest gas station... all kinds of useful and relevant information. Next, imagine that technology moving to your glasses or contacts. It's coming, and Google Glass has given us a glimpse of the future.
The Blockchain Becomes The Standard For Transactions. Imagine a transaction algorithm that is so accurate and trustworthy, it is never wrong. This algorithm is fact-checked by millions of different fact-checkers instantaneously, and detailed, accurate records are kept of every transaction. This algorithm is not controlled by a centralized entity, nor does it have any intrinsic value outside of validating transactions. Such an algorithm sounds like it would eliminate transaction fraud and pretty much be super-great, right? That's the blockchain in a very basic nutshell. And its coming to help us ensure better transactions sooner rather than later.
The More Connected We Are, The More Hacks There Will Be. Until we start valuing security more than convenience as a society, security will continue to be an afterthought for connected devices. The scary part is that almost everything being developed these days is internet-connected. Recently, hundreds of thousands of pacemakers were recalled due to a known vulnerability that could be exploited by a bad guy. There will be smart cars that are hacked by actual attackers and not as an experiment. People will be hurt due to hacking, and not just financially. There is always risk in doing new things. People were hurt during the development of the automobile and the airplane. But that didn't stop us from making things that can improve people's lives. We KNOW that prioritizing security can help, but we have to make sure security is integrated during the development of smart devices, rather than trying to bolt it on after-the-fact.
Written by: Jon Waldman
Partner, Executive Vice President of IS Consulting
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