Internet access via mobile phones was only the beginning of the mobile Internet life. Now is the era when people surf on the web in the middle of board-surfing a real wave. The development of Internet protocols will now allow the extension of the Internet across the Solar System. Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton G. Cerf, vice president of Google predicted at the World Knowledge Forum on September 17: "The initiative to standardize the use of protocols in space will be carried on until 2010 and enable communication between the planets." This hard to believe story became real by the work of a small group of intrepid engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California who completed the project of developing new protocols to allow for Internet access in space.
The standardization of the basic protocols used in space will lead to the ability to access information and control experiments taking place far away from planet Earth.
This initiative to standardize the use of protocols in space is intended to enhance our ability to re-use space-based assets. As missions are completed, the platforms and spacecraft that supported them continue to operate and function. Scientists will be able to design more complex missions involving multiple platforms and sensor systems. This effort is now bearing fruit and is on track to be space qualified and standardized before 2010.
Vice president Vinton Cerf next pointed out mobile phones as the key element of Internet life. "Mobiles are becoming Internet access portals and thus information services you wear on your hip. This capability has increased the valued and interest in geographically-indexed databases," Vice president Cert noted. Not only do mobile phones provide information users seek, but they also allow users to conduct business through mobile with email, financial payment authorizations, contract agreements supported by digital signatures, and other applications.
The demand of information relative to the user's location is being answered, and applications that provide the nearest ATM machine or hospital are now working. It is predictable that there will be billions of Internet-enabled devices on the network. Many devices will be mobile, leaving the possibility of outnumbered mobile Internet users rather than desktop users. "But 53 billion people around the world are not using the Internet today.
The title of Google Chief Internet Evangelist was given to me to attract them to [the] Internet environment," Vice President Vinton Cerf addressed. "The largest single segment of the Internet user population is found in Asia, including India and China, and these total about 436 million users with Europe adding another 321 million. Having so many users in Asia suggests that the content of the Internet will eventually contain far more information in languages other than English than it does today. The culture, languages, and practices of the regions will suffuse the Internet, making nearly inescapable the expectation that the diversity of Internet users and use will continue to expand while bringing billions together in a common, online environment unlike anything before in history."
Korea is well developed in broadband application, which makes it the world's laboratory. Vice President Vinton Cerf visited the SK Telecom demo center and saw RFID chips embedded even on a milk carton, enabling software to know what is in the refrigerator. He added: "The time has come for us to check the refrigerator in the office and decide which food to cook for dinner by looking at the available ingredients."
According to the IPTV and video market, Vice President Cerf also predicted that the culture of TV and the video market will definitely change. The Internet will allow people to select and watch content according to their schedule instead of the schedule of the TV Guide. "The digital information that is downloaded can contain considerable ancillary information, including advertisements that can be observed or not under the control of users." IPTV will eventually allow users to take control of their advertising experience rather than being subjected to ads they may not want to bother seeing.
This look into the future is an inspiration to many in the industry, and paints a bright picture of what Google intends for the Korean peninsula and the world.