Happy Birthday Internet!
Wow! The Internet turns 30 years old this week. But even as the Internet gains in popularity, the numbers don’t lie. Almost 75 percent of the U.S. population doesn’t have access to the Internet.
So, even at a hearty 30 years old, the Internet has a long way to go to adulthood. Currently, many people don’t see it as a “way of life.” But will that change?
According to Vincent Cerf, co-inventor of the computer networking protocol TCP/IP, in the future “many people will use the Net without knowing it.” He suggests that cars and appliances will be online using the Net without the owner’s knowledge.
Designer and developer of the first generation of the Internet, Lawrence G. Roberts, also thinks the Internet is headed toward a wireless mode. He thinks radios and phones will become more like Internet devices.
It’s hard to imagine what will crop up during the Internet’s puberty stage, isn’t it? Stay tuned...
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.