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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Predicting the next 5,000 days of the web

I couldn't think of a better blog to start not only the new year but the official 1st day of this blog's public launch.

I believe that the rise of the internet has led to a resurgence in business ownership and entrepreneurship (no great leap there). But more than just a financial shift - this is a power shift and a "way of life" shift. The power corporations will hold for employment will certainly dwindle with time and imagine if you today could choose working from home for a legitimate business and make a $50,000 salary (based on your own hard work and performance - NOT some get rich quick scheme) - imagine how many people would do that versus trudge into the office everyday for their $100,000 salary. All of a sudden the value equation of working has changed dramatically - it's not single sided "take what you get" from a company but hopefully make a lot of money. Instead you can take exactly what you want (flexible work hours, choice of work, etc) and make a living off of it.

Anyway I digress - I stumbled upon this video about the next 5,000 days of the internet and was surprised to hear the internet is only 5,000 days old. It sounds like some sort of "duh" in hindsight - but the impact the internet has had in such a short time is amazing. Enjoy this video - as I am so glad this blog can be part of the next 5,000 days of the internet.

At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?


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