The history of the internet stretches as far back as to the early 1960s, when the first concept of a “galactic network” of linked computers was proposed by an MIT scientist called J.C.R. Licklider. The modern form of the internet didn’tbecome a reality until the early 1990s when the rollout of home internet connections began, and the world wide web started to take the form that’s recognized today.
In the early days of the internet, it was a far more basic tool that was mainly used by tech enthusiasts and researchers to communicate and share information. Few people would have expected that it would grow at an almost exponential rate and would eventually be used by most of the world’s population on a daily basis.
In this article, some of the key ways that the internet is changing modern life will be explored and discussed.
Streamlining business applications
Businesses were one of the first major users of the modern form of the internet and it has now become a vital part of daily operations. One key use of the internet by organizations was to move their key applications and software programs to cloud-based locations (and away from local, physical servers).
Typically, an open source API gateway is used at the “front end” of this online IT infrastructure to manage and control the various applications. This platform allows individual applications and programs to be monitored and assessed in terms of their performance and susceptibility to unwanted intrusions from potential hackers.
The use of cloud–based applications controlled by API gateways has played a significant role in allowing millions of employees to enjoy remote and hybrid models of working. In fact, recent information indicates that hybrid models of work are likely to be rolled out in the majority of IT firms in the coming years and across other business sectors. This allows staff to work productively from home and gain greater control of their work–life balance.
Remote healthcare and health monitoring
The internet has also played a key role in transforming various aspects of modern healthcare. In 2022, 52% of Indians had home internet access, and this figure is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. With an increase in the use of home internet, there’s a greater ability to deliver healthcare solutions remotely, and without the need to visit a local healthcare provider.
For example, video conferencing platforms can be used to provide remote consultations and assessments between the doctor and the patient. This can save travel time and can allow healthcare professionals to manage a larger number of patients. In addition, wearable healthcare devices are increasingly being used to monitor patients remotely without the need for a stay in hospital.
Decline in physical shopping
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of peoplewho now shop online. The e–commerce sector is enjoying substantial growth and the ease with which purchases can be made online makes this form of commerce extremely attractive to consumers.
Orders can be placed with little more than a smartphone and can save time when compared to shopping in physical locations. However, this will inevitably have a noticeable impact on towns and cities very soon. Physical shops will struggle to compete against online providers, and it’s highly likely that many will close as they become less competitive.
As fewer consumers visit physical locations for shopping, it’s likely that the purpose of commercial centers will change to adapt to modern preferences and may contain other premises that don’t rely on trade with customers.