"The web will grow at an even faster rate over the next decade than it did over the past decade," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "This will be driven by the Internet of Things, where many objects are interconnected. Things like your door locks, lights, jewelry, home appliances and even clothing will be connected."
As for Olds, he said it's just too hard to predict where the web will take us.
"No one accurately predicted just how important the web would be 20 years ago, he said. "But it's safe to say that the impact of the web in another 20 years will exceed our expectations by a wide margin."
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