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The End of the Web

As the end of the year approaches, experts are pulling out their crystal balls and gazing into the future. I’ve heard more than one predicting the end of the web as we know it. What?! But before we get all up in arms about that understand that the internet and the web are two different things, as defined by George Colony of Forester Research. The interconnecting network we know as the internet will definitely live on. But accessing information through web browsers may not.

In its place will be… our phones! Increasing data points to people getting the information, services and products they need on the go — from shopping to directions to games and entertainment. I don’t even need experts to point out how even in the last year, my phone has replaced my desktop as my go-to resource… because who needs to walk all the way over there when this thing is… well, in my hand.

Colony and other pundits just happen to have research that documents that I am not the only geek out there.

Paul Bloom, IBM’s Chief Technology Officer for Telco Research explains that our smartphones already allow us to catch our favorite shows, make payments from our bank, and engage on our favorite social platforms, and even MAKE CALLS!

It doesn’t take a genius to project that in the future, our smarter-phones will become an even more integral part of our daily experience. Not only will it be our wallets and our multimedia libraries and our personal assistants, but Bloom says it will become… our moms!

Okay, he doesn’t really say that. What he does say is:

Over the next five years, mobile devices will assist you in your daily life by initiating the communication with you and providing helpful information based on your context. For example, when you order your lunch from your cell phone, you might get a message recommending a healthier selection, based on the restaurant and your personal profile.

Like I said: MY MOM.

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