maybe sites will be like 3d games, where people can go through the space exploring and finding info.
There was something similar a couple of years ago. When i first got a pc i got a pacard bell and this chat programme came with it (forget what it was called) anyway you joined up and became this person type thing mooching about a town square and could go into different rooms, it was very good but not well populated, when you saw someone else they stood in front of you or if it was a group there were lots of them and you talked with typing .
Edit.... Remembered the name it was Planetis 3D...
They made/thought about making a hardware device made smells of flowers if you got an email with flowers in or visited a website with flowers...those of you who get tonnes of spam would be dying in CFCs though
edit: Having the web in 3d would scare the pants outta me People would make v. scary websites.
I doubt websites will ever turn into something where you have to explore and look for the info you want. Most people are lazy and want the information right infront of them, which is what websites offer today .. don't really see sites changing too much, but who knows
Originally posted by sean_price I doubt websites will ever turn into something where you have to explore and look for the info you want. Most people are lazy and want the information right infront of them, which is what websites offer today .. don't really see sites changing too much, but who knows
i agree, the web doesnt seem like something that will change too much from its current typical layout. of course some people might venture into creating odd/bizzare formats but the idea of a website would be to share information quickly.
"Internet 2" as you phrase it, has already been invented. It's simply a very high-speed network used in some universities in the USA. Personally, I don't think it deserve's to be called Internet 2: http://www.internet2.edu
On the subject of a 3D-web, has anyone checked out http://www.opencroquet.org ? It's still totally in development, but they hope to create a 3D Operating System. You can currently download a program that runs on Windows/Linux for messing about with. I think, if anything, this project (or a similar one) will be the start of a 3D-Web, as it's purely orientated around making new cool GUI's.
The only problem is, it takes forever to do anything. Remember those days where to do ANYTHING you had to type in a command? Well, the invention of the 2D GUI made things take longer to access. If you could imagine opening a file in a 3D GUI, you would have to walk to an object (file) in a building (folder), people would soon be tired of this process taking 10times longer than in a 2D GUI. The same topic has been discussed many times before, and I think it's probably the number #one reason why development hasn't generally gone "3D".
Originally posted by phlint I do not think that websites will change that much, Newspapers are still Newspapers after all these years, websites will be websites in the future. (next 20 years)
Yes, but how long will newspapers be newspapers? I remember seeing a prototype of a new style of newspapers on a technology show.
Basically, you had a large sheet of something like paper, which could be rolled up just like a newspaper. However, it displayed the latest version of the newspaper of your choice, and could update. There are no pages, just one sheet of paper, and you could display the extra pages just like you would in a web-browser, by scrolling or pressing "next" etc.
I don't know how it worked (can't remember), but most projects like this seem to be based upon OLED's (such as the clear glass window which you could watch TV on, then when turned off, it was just a window again). Give it 10 years, and we should see these products being developed