In the Future Their Will Be No Browsers

March 26, 2008

I have been thinking( dangerous in itself) lately about a number of things.

  • The idea of the singularity.
  • The internet as a database.
  • How will we access that data
  • all objects being connected with the internet
  • the iPhone (of course)
  • web apps
  • LAMP html xml mysql ruby on rails etc.
  • Adobe AIR
  • Microsoft silverlight
  • mozila PRISM
  • ubiqitous broadband ( wireless especially)

I had all those things floating around in my head and realized that the way we interact with the internet, including reading it might be very different from how we view it now ( static pages access through a browser). we now have memory cards that you can put into your digital camera, and they will upload your photos to flickr( or what ever site you wish to host them). you cant browse the internet on the camera. you can’t email the image to a friend or family member from the camera. Just a dumb device that interacts with the camera and the internet.

The browser is a great way to display text and graphics from the internet on a laptop and or a desktop. But inclreasingly we will access the internet from small screens like our cell phones. On the iPhone you can build web apps that can be saved as icons onto the iPhone screen. When the 2.0 software upgrade comes out those apps will do away with the browser bar and go full screen. To normal users the difference between that web app and an installed app on the iPhone will not be obvious.

So when the internet become apart of everything, with two way streets of information flowing, will we still days things like, ” I need to get on the internet”.  Or will we be able to recall just the information we need using one of many devices to connect us to the vast sea of information out there.

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