To understand the future of the Internet (or to better speculate about it), one should know something about the history of the Internet. There are two talks online which I highly recommend:
- A New Way to Look at Networking. Van Jacobson, August 2006
- The Internet History, Development and Forecast. Leonard Kleinrock, Infocom 2006
Especially young people who cannot imagine that there have been networks different than IEEE 802 and IP are encouraged to take a look at these videos (if you find them - it seems the recording of Leonard Kleinrock’s talk has disappeared from the Internet - which is kind of ironic if you know how he opened his talk - but good that I have a private copy).