Communication and Networking: what Future Has to Offer Us?

In the past, computer processing took the center-stage as manufacturers looked for ways to make computers run faster. Over the years, communication and networking have undergone many twists and turns to improve their performance.

Today, the focus is on data communication as we move from a computer to a communication era. Developments like network functions virtualization dominate the thinking of network engineers as they design next-generation networks. Other areas of focus include the improvement of internet security, which can be achieved through better VPN antivirus. Here are some interesting trends to look forward to in the future of communication and networking.

Brain-Computer Interface

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) devices allow users to interact with computers through brain activity only. This might not be a very new concept as you have probably seen people operate brain-controlled wheelchairs. But, what if the mind could connect directly with artificial intelligence, robots, and other computers through BCI without human interference. Scientists are working on BCIs that enable people to transmit thoughts directly to computers. Talk about electric telepathy!

Augmented reality

Augmented reality is being applied in many aspects of our lives, and communication is not to be left behind. Though many applications utilize it, it is expected that this technology will be incorporated in communication, allowing people to see real-time digital information about what they are viewing.

Imagine meeting a person and seeing their name, social media profiles, and other information through augmented reality, or standing in front of a restaurant and seeing its ratings and reviews without walking in. Amazing, right? It could raise several privacy concerns, but such systems are still to be expected.

Language translation

Developments in communication are slowly minimizing language barriers. In the future, we expect more devices that translate language in real-time, allowing people from different cultures and countries to communicate without interpreters.

Time cloaking

Prude University is working on a project that creates bubbles in time by tracking gaps in photons. This will allow information to be encoded within gaps and transmitted by fiber optic and laser light. Such a development will give systems the ability to conceal data by making it possible to detect that a message has been sent.

Death of WLAN controller

Controllers help to consolidate key WLAN functions such as security. By 2025, the development of high-performance microprocessors will make processors unnecessary and improve the simplicity of WLAN.

Wireless datalinks

When flying, it is difficult to access the internet due to limited bandwidth. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the form of drones could alleviate this problem. Researchers are working on ways to make long distance, high speed, wireless networking possible through the use of UAVs. This networking development will have a tremendous impact on the aviation industry. 

Other developments such as 4D networks are expected to replace IP as the basis of computer networking. My bet is that the next few decades will be full of exciting communication and networking innovations.