Episode #152
The Future of the Web


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately: what’s the future of the web?

Music and links from this episode

  1. где она мера? by Kosta T
  2. Through The Storm by P C III
  3. Open Door by Little Glass Men

Line-by-line notes

  1. The web used to be like a weird piece of avant garde music
  2. Nobody understood it, and nobody could work out how to apply it to anything
  3. Until Tim Berners-Lee
  4. In 1980 there was a man called Tim Berners-Lee
  5. Tim still exists today too by the way, he hasn’t vanished or anything
  6. But in 1980, he was working on something very special at CERN.
  7. He’d previously made a prototype of his information sharing network, that at the time he called ENQUIRE
  8. He’d been working on the idea of hypertext: interlinking documents and pages and sharing information
  9. When he became a fellow at CERN in 1984, he saw the opportunity to take this idea further
  10. Tim created something called the World Wide Web, by pulling together lots of different technologies like the Internet, and hypertext
  11. The first website went online on 6th August 1991.
  12. It’s still online today.
  13. From there, the rest is history.
  14. And today, I want to speculate on the future.
  15. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  16. Music
  17. 27 years later, the world wide web is more powerful and all encompassing than ever
  18. It’s used for everything,
  19. from just plain old boring websites,
  20. to replacing government services,
  21. to allowing you to book holidays online
  22. To actually providing people jobs, like me
  23. I think few people would argue with me when I say that the world wide Web and the Internet are the two most important inventions of the last 30 years,
  24. And a strong argument could be made for the most important invention of all time too
  25. Think for a second
  26. You could probably just about imagine life without some of the other greatest inventions
  27. If they were gone tomorrow, you could get by without a TV
  28. Without a car
  29. Without a microwave
  30. Without maybe even a phone
  31. But try and imagine a life without the internet
  32. And that’s nearly impossible
  33. On a daily basis, I communicate with people
  34. Pay bills
  35. Book cinema tickets
  36. Sometimes book holidays
  37. Upload a podcast to let you listen to it
  38. Check my bank balance
  39. Update websites and get paid to do it
  40. Make people websites and get paid to do it
  41. Doing all that without the Internet
  42. Is either really hard or impossible
  43. So that’s the Web now, but what is the future?
  44. I think about this a lot
  45. Especially when I think how far the Web has come in 27 years
  46. What will it look like in another 27 years?
  47. That’s a really tough question to answer
  48. Especially when I consider that 12 years ago, I couldn’t have predicted responsive websites
  49. The way that websites now expand and contract based on the size of the screen viewing it
  50. Before that, everybody made two websites
  51. A mobile website
  52. And a desktop website
  53. Even that simple thing
  54. Was precipitated by the rise of the smart phone
  55. And popularised by Apple’s iPhone, and then the ensuing Android phones
  56. I think the future is in mobile
  57. I think in 20 years time, they’ll be no such thing as a desktop computer
  58. We’ll look back on 2017 and the 2020s and think about how weird we were
  59. I think we’ll all use touchscreen devices permanently for every task, or some other kind of input I can’t even imagine right now
  60. The laptop, the PC, that will all be gone, because we won’t need it
  61. It’s more immediate to tap a screen right on the thing you want to change
  62. Than it is to guide an arrow on a screen to that location with a mouse
  63. There’s lots of maturing that needs to happen before then in the touch screen space
  64. Apps need to get more fully featured
  65. And somebody needs to break out of the gaming and entertainment bubble,
  66. and start to explore the idea of making serious productivity apps for touchscreen devices that take advantage of the medium
  67. Rather than being hindered by it
  68. And when the web is entirely mobile
  69. When 90-100% of all people consume websites on screens about 500 pixels wide
  70. The entire game changes
  71. Design, interaction, internet speed, access, everything
  72. Another thing that interests me too is the rise of audio and video
  73. YouTube and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are killing TV
  74. I’ve got no doubt about that at all
  75. Regularly scheduled programming will be dead in 20 years
  76. Network television won’t be the same
  77. You’ll be able to watch what you want to watch whenever you want, anywhere
  78. Because that’s the way it already is now, and everybody prefers it
  79. The only thing holding it back right now is TV networks
  80. And finally, podcasting is slowly killing radio
  81. I think we’re still in the infancy of podcasting
  82. But if you see it as on demand radio,
  83. Just like on demand TV
  84. It will eventually overtake radio, and radio will be gone
  85. Everything will be on demand
  86. I think the next 20 years of the web can be summed in 1 word
  87. Convenience
  88. MUSIC
  89. This was AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  90. Music featured in this episode was:
    1. где она мера? by Kosta T
    2. Through The Storm by P C III
    3. Open Door by Little Glass Men
  91. For a line by line rundown of this episode go over to https://www.askadesigneranything.com/ep152
  92. Find me on Twitter at @craigburgess
  93. I’m back tomorrow

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