A good article that sees the future for what it will be – we often forget that we have nascently entered the “Information Age” which has been preceded by the Industrial Age & the Agrarian Ages, all of which ushered in advancements for humanity. One section that I might add to this, being in the tech field and specifically an “Internet Plumber”, is the upgrade to the Internet itself that is underway – it is the upgrade from Internet Protocol v4 to Internet Protocol (IP) v6. This is by far and away the single biggest change to the ENTIRE internet since the actual invention of the Internet and its implications are no less.
In short, the internet has grown in ways not conceived by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn (co-founders of IP) – for the Internet to work, everything communicating upon it must be uniquely recognizable. When first launched, IPv4 had a pool of IP Addresses totaling 4.3 Billion – we’ve run out. With IPv6 we have 340 Undecillion addresses (that is a real number), enough addresses to hand out to every grain of sand on Planet Earth. Now we can connect everything to everyone, everywhere (Internet 2.0 = Evernet) and that will usher in the era of Big Data and so much more we have yet to discover – the fluidity of ideas upon this cohesive platform will only improve and further become enmeshed in our daily lives. While the idea of “internet plumbing” is not quite as sexy as a Facebook IPO – a Facebook IPO would not be possible without rock solid Internet Plumbing, and this plumbing is undergoing its own upgrade to a wholly new version – it is happening right now and provides as large of an investment opportunity as the Internet itself.