Japan plans to start research on new networking technology that could
one day replace the Internet amid its growing quality and security problems, according to the nation's communications ministry.
U.S. and European researchers already have started similar efforts to rebuild the underlying architecture of the Internet.
When researchers largely knew one another, the Internet's early
architects kept the shared network open and flexible -- qualities that
proved key to its rapid growth. But that later allowed spammers and
hackers to roam freely. The network's designers also assumed that computers would be in fixed
locations and always connected, creating headaches as laptops and other
mobile devices proliferated.
Many scientists are starting to believe a totally new network is
needed. It could run parallel with the Internet or eventually replace
it, or parts of the research could go into a major overhaul of the
"The Internet is reaching its limit," said
Yoshihiro Onishi, assistant director in Japan's communications
ministry. Scientists are starting to believe a totally new network is
needed that could run parallel with the Internet or eventually replace
it, or the research could go into a major overhaul of the existing
If the research brings some fruitful ideas, the the internet as we know today will be a history. We might even have new Google, MSN, Amazon and e-bay. However, we have to wait for at least 10-15 years to see these changes.
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