2020 Web Vision: How the Internet Will Revolutionize Future Homes, Business & Society

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Universal-Publishers, 2001 - Business & Economics - 190 pages
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At the dawn of a new millennium, faith in technology soared following the successful eradication of the potentially paralyzing Y2K bug. Young dot-coms with little experience and possessing few assets other than a concept, flourished boasting market values in the millions and even billions of dollars. Then reality settled in as the market crashed and over a hundred dot-coms perished. The highflying NASDAQ dropped over 60% and the longest economic expansion teetered on the brink of recession. Despite the disconcerting scenario, this was not the demise of the Web, but merely the conclusion of its innocent childhood or the first stage of meteoric growth. After all, the Web was only 10 years old. There were still trillions of dollars worth of opportunities, as the more rigorous applications waited to be accomplished. The Web is a revolutionary event, yet there is no evident vision of its future. This book projects the Web until the year 2020 and will interest anyone intrigued by the Web, but perplexed by its seemingly erratic course. The book clarifies the murky Web, showing how it will interconnect emerging digital technologies to revolutionize our home, work, and society. In short, 2020 Web Vision will relieve the future shock engendered by the Web. It will also be helpful to those interested in building new applications or investing in future technological enterprises.
 

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Contents

Processor
97
Evolution of Applications to the Web
99
ERP Migration
101
The Old Thin Client vs Fat Client Debate
103
Web
105
Application Hosting
106
How We Will Work Together in the Future
108
Office of the Future
109

The 500Year Cycle
26
The Third Wave
30
Interactive Media
32
Web Blended Technologies
33
Key Emerging Technologies
34
Blending Emerging Technologies with the Web
36
The Home
38
Web Boxes
39
Web Delivery Center Goods and Services
41
The Web Delivery Person
45
Distribution
46
How it Works
47
Virtual Shopping
49
Web Delivery
52
Web Delivery Centers
57
Web Grocers
59
Web Delivery Center Design
63
Operation
65
Inventory
67
Employment
68
Virtual Work
70
The Virtual Office Call
72
The Horrors of Travel Today
75
Virtual Conferencing
77
Virtual Sales Personnel
81
Evolution of Business Systems to the Web
85
Generations
87
The First Generation
89
The Second Generation
91
The Third Generation
92
Knowledge Bases and the Web
113
The New ERPs
116
Standard Interfaces
118
Evolution of Business Systems
120
Data Reserve
123
Implications of Data Reserves
126
Society
130
Malls
134
Work
137
Migration
139
Knowledge Based Companies
141
Virtual Office Club
144
Education
145
Religion
146
Globalization
147
Bringing it Together
149
Utopia and Beyond?
152
Solve Problems
154
The Coming Aging Crisis
157
The New Economy
159
Global Web
161
From the Webs Viewpoint
163
Approaching Utopia
164
Beyond
166
To the Future
167
Back from the Future
169
Afterword
171
Emerging Technology Explanation
172
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About the author (2001)

Robert D. Oberst is an information management consultant who assisted over 25 Fortune 250 companies & served as regional coordinator for a global HR consulting firm. He has a BS in Systems Analysis & a MBA.

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