The Times of London features a column on the future of the Internet:
THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.
At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.
The latest spin-off from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.
The article persistently confuses the Internet with the World Wide Web.
It’s all very hopeful and I have no doubt that someday, probably within my lifetime, there will be a substantially faster, securer Internet. However, I doubt it will be within the next couple of years.
Three words: last mile problem.
The only real way to get around that is wireless and the barriers to hyperfast wireless data communications are real and substantial.