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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

As the number of connected devices proliferates the internet we knew and loved is going away, and being replaced by something else, but what should we call it?

 

It’s obvious when you think about it – the end of the Internet is drawing near – or at least the internet as we know it, and that’s according to someone who knows it better than almost everyone else on the planet. While speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last Thursday, Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said the current internet will seem to vanish as it becomes a part of everyday objects and services.

 

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“There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense [the internet],” Schmidt said, “it will be part of your presence all the time.”

Meanwhile Schmidt also went on to say that Google is positioning itself to become a major provider of the internet’s next iteration – on Earth and in space, and the company made headlines this week with another $1 billion investment in Elon Musk’s SpaceX communications project which aims to use 4,425 low Earth orbit satellites to connect every square inch of the planet.

Google’s also getting deeper into the wireless sector too – with ambitions to sell mobile phone plans directly to consumers as early as this year under it’s Project Fi banner, an MVNO service that piggybacks on top of Sprint and T-Mobiles wireless networks.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, CNBC, Discovery, RT, and Viacom, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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  • @cfus89#1

    19th January 2017

    The assumptions made by the comment from Google’s Eric Schmidt “the internet will disappear” appear to me to be spot on.
    With the advent of the “cloud” and connections between devices and services for example, the sense of an internet will in fact vanish.

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