We have it on our phones, tablets, computers, laptops, and even an array of other devices making up the Internet of Things, such as refrigerators, televisions, homes (smart houses), and an array of other internet-connected items. Nowadays, people take it as second nature that we all have access to the internet.
From smart homes to autonomous cars, connected living is no longer a scene from a sci-fi movie, but a very true reality. Thanks to ubiquitous connectivity, technology has become an increasing part of our everyday lives. A simple visit to a technology event like CES (Consumer Electronics Show) shows the expanse of this universe of connected gadgets and wearables. Technology has the ability to augment and enhance our way of living, whether it is through artificial intelligence built into our personal digital assistants; or through smart watches or fitness trackers that help to monitor our well-being; or through use of drones for personal entertainment to new logistical solutions.
However, despite the fact that more and more items are added to the Internet of Things every year Most people do not know anything about how the internet works besides that they pay their ISP every month for internet access, and that they put a password into their computer to access wifi from their router.
How do we currently connect to the internet?
Currently, we connect to the internet through physical hardware cables that run to practically every house and neighbourhood in the world. These wires are plugged into short-range wireless routers which provide either a wired or wireless connection to consumer devices like computers and cell phones.
Additionally, we connect to the internet through a vast network of radio towers dubbed “cell phone towers” due to their usage, and these towers provide a medium-range wireless signal that can be picked up by
cell phones and other mobile devices, allowing us to connect to the internet away from our home wired connection.
Future of Internet
IIfyou understand how the internet actually works, it will, be clear that the real reason why the internet is limited is because it is designed to be that way through a system of physical wires, internet backbones, and hubs that are directly controlled by huge corporations and governments which are designed to specifically prevent regular people from being able to directly access the internet.
Based on the limitations of the current internet, it seems that the best solution is to allow every individual in the world direct access to the internet. Not direct access through an ISP which goes through a system of backbones and hubs which is controlled by the government. The very way we access the internet needs to be fundamentally changed. It seems clear to that the future of the internet is wireless. That is, not that we access wifi anywhere in the world that is from a short-range router connecting to an ISP going through a hub connecting to a backbone controlled by the government. No. Wireless, direct, peer-to-peer access to the internet.
There are two technological advances that may completely revolutionize the Internet. First, is the development of Li-Fi. Li-Fi is 100s time faster than Wifi, and instead of using radio waves, Li-Fi can also be used outdoor using very powerful LEDs. The other technological advancement is quantum computing.
What Is Li-Fi? Meet The Revolutionary Wireless Technology That Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi
Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi – a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) – in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge. Imagine a world where every one of the billions of light bulbs in use today is a wireless hotspot delivering connectivity at speeds that can only be dreamed of with Wi-Fi. That’s the goal of the man who invented such a technology, and this week Li-Fi took a step out of the domain of science fiction and into the realm of the real when it was shown to deliver speeds 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology in actual tests.
The technology uses Visible Light Communication (VLC), a medium that uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz). It works basically like an incredibly advanced form of Morse code – just like switching a torch on and off according to a certain pattern can relay a secret message, flicking an LED on and off at extreme speeds can be used to write and transmit things in binary code. And while you might be worried about how all that flickering in an office environment would drive you crazy, don’t worry – we’re talking LEDs that can be switched on and off at speeds imperceptible to the naked eye.
Scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second – that’s 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.
“We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology,” Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK.
“Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through the light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.”
Li-Fi was invented by Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland back in 2011 when he demonstrated for the first time that by flickering the light from a single LED, he could transmit far more data than a cellular tower. Think back to that lab-based record of 224 gigabits per second – that’s 18 movies of 1.5 GB each being downloaded every single second.
The applications for LiFi are limitless. Anywhere there is an LED light there can be data. LiFi is a platform technology that will extend the capabilities of wireless communications to places beyond even our current conception.
Today there are real-life applications and benefits of implementing LiFi. LiFi can enable secure wireless communications, connectivity in hostile environments such as petrochemical plants and hospitals. LiFi also provides high speed, dense and reliable networks for enterprise environments and a pathway to enable smart buildings, transport, cities, and nations.
A Quantum Leap Toward A Computing Revolution
The next generation of supercomputers appears to be at an inflexion point—promising speed and processing power that could redefine business and trigger a new industrial revolution.
Imagine a computer so powerful, it could operate at one million times the speed of current computers, allowing scientists to model complex molecular interactions at an atomic level. A computer so powerful it could model all 20,000+ proteins in the human genome and simulate how hypothetical drugs could cure everything from cancer to the nagging common cold. These are just a couple of the promises of quantum computing.
In a time when most people carry the equivalent of mini-supercomputers in their pockets, it may seem hard to believe that the world needs stronger computing power. However, the classical computer faces lthe imit in how it solves problems that go beyond speed and power.
Despite remarkable innovations in computing over the past few decades, today’s computers still rely on binary calculation—1’s and 0’s—even if they are orders of magnitude smaller than the room-sized machines of the previous century. Data, problems and solutions are represented, processed and stored in bytes that are in one of two states—either 0 or 1.
Enter quantum computing, information can be represented as quantum bits, or qubits, that can be 0, 1 or something in-between, allowing for far more complex calculations. the next generation of computing—quantum computing—could soon become a reality, holding the promise of not only vast increases in speed and power, but a redefinition of how computers solve problems.
Quantum computers exploit this representational richness in data to run complex simulations with a far broader range of possibilities at speeds that would be simply unthinkable for even the most advanced classical computers.
And just as past industrial revolutions created many of the sectors that form the core of today’s global economy, quantum computing could give rise to new companies and sectors not yet imagined.
Quantum computing is moving from theory to test phase, according to a recent Morgan Stanley report, citing efforts underway among several private companies and technology giants, universities and government research labs. If these developments yield functional quantum computers, the market for high-end computing could double in the next 10 years to $10 billion.
For now, quantum computing doesn’t make the classic computer irrelevant. Smartphones and laptops will still use transistors for the foreseeable future.