The Ultimate Ubiquitous Internet– Any Place, Any Time, Any App, Any Device… Omnipresent: Web Stats, Facts, Myths…

The ubiquitous Internet will be understood not as a screen of text and graphics but as a transport mechanism, the ether through which interactivity happens. It will appear on your computer screen; on your TV set; your car dashboard; your cell phone; hand-held game machines; maybe even your microwave oven. ~Darcy DiNucci

Next Big Thing: Ubiquitous Internet! Ubiquitous access is one of the main characteristics of the new Internet; it’s a key enabling technology for the evolving global information age. Recent data show that in the future years Internet users with mobile/wireless access will easily outnumber fixed-line connections.

Moreover, the proliferation of mobile devices with large processing capacity is vanguard for a new era of ubiquitous communications,  where users will simultaneously engage different electronic platforms, enabling them to  access information from; anyone, anywhere, and anything…

A new generation of smart wireless mobile devices and apps will be the gateways that will facilitate the ubiquitous Internet. These new devices will access most any information (e.g., video, multimedia, appliance…) while communicating globally, without restriction… However, not all experts agree; ‘Teresa Ritter, Alison Powell, and Catherine Middleton’ in a study asked: Should the Internet be everywhere? If the new Internet becomes ubiquitous, what will it look like?

Their research suggests that a new ubiquitous Internet would not be in great demand by many current Internet users… the study explored the experienced Internet users’ opinion and attitude about the value of a ubiquitous Internet. Their findings showed– that despite its widely recognized benefits many people would embrace a new Internet, somewhat reluctantly. Apparently, there are more questions than answers, for example… other pundits say; the ubiquity of the Internet is evolving and will continue to evolve into a worldwide network with unlimited access to information and communication.

But, a more important question: What is the mission of a ubiquitous Internet? Will it connect the world’s populations in ways that advance global prosperity, business productivity, social interaction, education, and good will among all people? Or, will it be something less?

In the article The Growth of the Ubiquitous Internet by irregulartimes writes: Ubiquitous: Something that’s ubiquitous is omnipresent, everywhere at the same time. This is pretty intense stuff… Also, it may even include things that don’t even exist. This is one of those words invented to describe religious concepts that have never been witnessed. The obvious example is God. God is supposed to be ubiquitous: everywhere at once and keeping track of everything. You may have noticed the Internet has begun to reach God-like proportions.

Well, there are some who would have that become literally true. They want to create what they call the ubiquitous Internet. To me, this seems like the ultimate in marketing hype. Here’s what is being planned for the new Internet– it’s just in early stage at this point, but you know how fast the computer industry moves these days. They want to put the Internet into everything: It’ll be in your car, helping you find your way and giving you information about wherever that is, It’ll be in your house, turning lights on and off for you, operating all of your appliances.

There won’t be any separate TV or computer anymore. It’ll be all around you, with displays in every room. It’ll be at your place of work, where you won’t need to sign in anymore, because the building itself will be able to sense when you enter and when you leave. The ubiquitous Internet will even be on or in your body as a medical implant or a badge that communicates with medical sensors that are nearby. Wow! Isn’t technology wonderful? It really is impressive that they’re soon going to be able to do this kind of stuff.

I won’t deny that the ubiquitous Internet could do some really remarkable things. The question that remains unanswered is– why ubiquitous Internet is needed at all? Do we really need a connection to some international communications network; to turn on a lamp in our living room, to heat a cup of coffee in a microwave, or play music on a stereo? What’s the advantage? Maybe we’re developing this ubiquitous Internet simply because it’s possible. We can have it, so we make it…

In the article What is the Future of the Internet? by Jonathan Strickland writes: Nicholas Carr wrote an article titled: Is Google making us stupid? In it Carr said; he noticed that as his reliance on the Internet for research and entertainment increased, other of his faculties seemed to atrophy. One was his concentration or focus. He hypothesized that because of the way we navigate the Internet, in general– and the World Wide Web, in particular– we are always leaping from one piece of information to another. So, does the Internet affect the way humans think? There does seem to be a correlation in the way we record and access information and the way we think.

As we develop systems that allow us to save our knowledge for posterity, we unload that burden onto an inanimate object. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean we become less intelligent. However, not everyone agrees with Carr’s hypothesis. For example, Pew Research Center performs a survey each year about the future of the Internet. The research polls a group of experts and industry analysts on a series of questions. One of the questions they asked the respondents was; if they thought Carr was right about Google, and the Internet in general, making us stupid... Eighty-one percent of experts disagreed. The Internet is a tool that we use to help us learn– it doesn’t replace learning itself. Optimists hope that the new Internet will teach us about ourselves and others. For example, the new Internet will reach into countries, cultures that have been segregated from the rest of the world.

Some hope this new Internet will provide the common ground that allows various people to learn and understand each other, possibly bringing about an era of peace and cooperation. Ultimately, the ubiquitous Internet could begin to erase traditional boundaries between cultures. But that sort of global change isn’t trivial. It will take decades before we see a noticeable difference in the way we think about one another. Some cynics think that even a tool as useful and pervasive as the Internet, it  won’t overcome the hurdles we face in becoming a united world…

In the article Ubiquitous Internet Approaching but Not Here Yet by Larry Magid writes: The era of ubiquitous Internet access is fast approaching and it can’t arrive soon enough. So even though the prospects for ubiquitous Internet are getting better, we still have a long way to go. While current 4G networks are fine for using a smartphone for e-mail, texting and limited Web access, they are not generally adequate for serious use of a computer or iPad-like device.

Not only do we need more access, we need faster and more affordable access, in the form of a ubiquitous Internet. My hope is that as the carriers roll out their next-generation services, they will not only provision enough bandwidth to make them truly useful but also will price them within the budgets of most consumers and business users…

In the article How Many Web  Sites Are There? Julie Bort writes: There are 644 million active websites on the Internet, according to Netcraft. Netcraft’s March 2012 website survey discovered 644,275,754 active websites, to be precise. Half a billion is a lot, and the Internet is still growing by leaps and bounds. The March numbers were up by 31.4 million (5.1%) over the previous month. Other Web stats, facts… 2011:

  • 3.146 billion: Number of email accounts worldwide.
  • 95.5 million: Number of .com domain names.
  • 2.1 billion: Internet users worldwide,
  • 800+ million: Number of users on Facebook.
  • 5.9 billion: The estimated number of mobile subscriptions worldwide.
  • 1 trillion: The number of video playbacks on YouTube.
  • 100 billion: Estimated number of photos on Facebook.

Nielsen periodically releases data from its studies of consumer behavior online. Here are the latest findings regarding social networking, branding and world net usage. The average U.S. user spends more than 60 hours a month online. This is the equivalent of 30 straight days a year.

Social networking accounts for 22% of the time, and 42% is spent viewing content. Other activities, such as; email, commerce and searching, accounts for 36%. Among people who use the Internet, each person visits 2,646 Web pages on 89 domains and logs in 57 times per month.

The percentage of all online users that visit Google is 82%. The other top Internet brands include MSN/Bing (62%), Facebook (54%), Yahoo (53%), Microsoft (48%), YouTube (47%), Wikipedia (35%), AOL (27%), Ebay (26%) and Apple (26%). Among Internet users, 80% in Brazil use social network sites.

Other countries with high percentages include Italy (73%), Spain (75%), Japan (70%), U. S. (67%), UK (69%), France (67%), Australia (59%), Germany (51%) and Switzerland (51%). The percentage of U.S. adults who use the Internet, at all, each day is 55%; 45% email, 40% search engine, 30% news, 18% bank online, 15% watch video, 15% use social networking , 10% read blogs, 5% buy product, and 5% play games online…

Mark Twain once said: It’s not the things you don’t know that will hurt you; it’s the things you think you know that isn’t so. The Internet explosion has spawned quite a few popular myths, for example: Business use is driving the growth of the Internet.

According to Eric Raymond; don’t believe it. Business use of the Internet is important, sure, but the Internet has always been led and is still by social and expressive use. For every two corporate types soberly exchanging business data there are ten (10) swapping personal email and twenty (20) just hanging out in Usenet forums or IRC. The ratio of corporate to personal web pages is similarly lopsided.

According to H. C. Covington; many people don’t realize that the standards that define the Internet, and a lot of the software that embodies those standards, are maintained by a cadre of long-term volunteers. These people, Internet hacker cadre, have engineering-driven ideas  about where they want the Internet to go. While most are not hostile to the commercial use of the Internet per se, but they have no intention of letting corporations control its future.

These realities have implications about the culture of the Internet. It’s not an unformed void waiting to be turned into a cyber-spatial shopping mall by eager entrepreneurs. The Internet already has a large native and transient population with their own agendas, habits, and history. That means– business  will find that it must adapt to a new ubiquitous Internet, and not the other way around…