Weekend Discussion

Friday May 5th, 2000

Has the Web revolution just begun? Or is the Web already in a phase of decreasing returns? Are the Web's possibilities boundless, or nearing exhaustion?

Are you still having fun? Is the Web a new learning experience every day? Or are you overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) with new standards, new programming paradigms, new letters like 'i', 'e', and 'x'? Is the Web still your friend? Or is it the monkey on your back?

#7 You will never "see" the real web revolu

by ERICmurphy <>

Saturday May 6th, 2000 9:07 AM

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If you refer to the Internet as a bunch of web pages and e-mail, well, it cannot go much further than it already is. Soon we will reach a saturation point where pages will die as fast as they are created, but that might not be for a little while. Also, e-mail is likely to evolve into a hybrid with instant messaging.

The real growth of the Internet is going to come in raw data (Likely to be XML) transfer and embedded device communications. I think the Business-to-Business using the Internet idealogy will finally start to happen with the coming of standards, which is likely to be XML.

By integrated devices, I am talking about everything to your refrigerator to your car. Now, if everyone's refrigerator to their car uses the Internet, that is going to be a significant portion of Internet traffic.

We have seen all the Internet we will ever want to. Now it should be put to work in unseen ways.