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Amphitrite 09-14-2007 04:21 PM

Collapse of the world wide web?
A couple of months ago, I watched a programme about the internet which has really got me thinking.

It was claimed that the whole of the internet is going to eventually fold. So much information is being added daily, that eventually the bandwidth is going to max out and the entire net will crash.

Some claim that this will happen within 3 - 12 years and that to get the web back to the kind of usability we have now could take decades.

I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts on this. No one is right or wrong here, this is for your own theories and what you have heard, please only make comment on your thoughts about it.

herefishy 09-14-2007 04:25 PM

Technology is growing at a fantastic rate. Technology will save itself. In the timeline given, 3-12 years, technology will have given itself an innoculation to prevent this malady.

serpaekeeper45 09-14-2007 05:05 PM

i agree with herefishy. we have so many smart people on this earth,that will prevent this using high end technology. :)

at least i hope!

tangy 09-14-2007 05:55 PM

i remember reading on yahoo not too long ago that scientist say the internet is beyond corrupt with things such as viruses,spam, x rates sites, jackers, crime and what not. it was so corrupt that they said their gonna shut down the net somehow and start over. dunno ill check to see if i can find it again and post the link.

caferacermike 09-14-2007 05:56 PM

web2 is about to kick off soon. This one we use now will be old news by then.

Amphitrite 09-14-2007 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by caferacermike
web2 is about to kick off soon. This one we use now will be old news by then.

Could you elaborate on that Mike?

jsm11482 09-14-2007 07:25 PM

Hahahaha that is a rediculous theory!

Web 2.0 refers to the "next generation" of web applications, bringing more informational and interactive web content to the end users. It is the thought that all business will be conducted in an online manner. Applications such as MS Word, for instance, will be entirely online.

Also, the idead that "they" are going to "shut down the net and start over" is incredibly rediculous, as well!

johnmaloney 01-05-2008 09:25 AM

The Internet is decentralized, and is run by adding new servers. If a particular site is overloaded with info, it may go down because it cant support the bandwidth, but then they just upgrade their hosting package. Hosting is cheap, and become cheaper everyday. I would be surprised if this site, which is huge, cost over $100 a year to run, unless they are "middle manned " by their host. Just won't happen. However, certain countries have poor infrastructure, and their infrastructure might not be able to keep up with rising demand, (even rising demand in the 3rd world), and certain areas may crash. But the web will be there.

Age of Aquariums 01-11-2008 09:12 PM

Its not a likely thing to happen, a few years ago we where all surfing the web at .0001mph with dial up.... Now if you have an advanced enough Gigabyte compatible system, you can surf the web at 1000Gbps, the standard speed is 10/100Gbps. Servers are becoming more advanced, Rackable Systems has come out with a high-density servers, Internet providers are increasing in service speed (May not seem like it because of websites increasing in size), and network switch manufacturers are coming out with better switches that can handle a higher data transfer rate. As for the web starting over again, that is a possibility, I heard something on the news about it, but I don't remember the details. Sections of the Internet CAN crash, but it would be highly improbable that the World Wide Web would collapse by over-loading its network switches/servers with data transfer. Sorry if this doesn't make much sense. Its late and I'm tired. :)

fish_4_all 01-15-2008 02:54 PM

With the newest "threat" to the world wide web supposedly coming close to the planet in 2012 I thought I would revive this thread. It is speculated that depending on the composition of the asteroid that is heading this way it could disrupt all internet traffic, telecomunication, tv and all other forms of digital signals. The only one working would be telephone and then only at a limitted capacity. Of course this os form some of the same that it won;t matter because the world will end anyway. I guess they have to throw in a what if it doesn't clause just so they have a chance about being right about something.,

Granted it is still early but is something to think about. 1-3 weeks without wi-fi, wireless or high speed. digital and satellite comms could really suck for everyone in one way or another. Not to mention the gravitational effects but I won't go into them.

Of course there is speculation that we may not even be able to see the asteroid anyway so here to another conspiracy theory.

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