The introduction of the World Wide Web in the early 1990’s revolutionized communication and information sharing. But the Internet revolution is just beginning. The next few years will define the next generation of the Internet as it becomes a platform for computing with the cloud.
“We are in a critical and exciting phase in computing development,” said Michael Nelson, an Internet studies visiting professor at Georgetown University, speaking at the 2009 AAAS conference in Chicago.
“When the Web first came out, we had the core technologies and knew what they could do, but really didn’t have a sense of all the ways they would be used,” Nelson said. “Likewise today, we’re laying the foundation for the cloud, with the grid as a prototype.”