Is the Darknet a glimpse into the web of the future?

Published 7:06 AM EST, Mon December 8, 2014

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The Darknet is an anonymised section of the net where users can operate without leaving their digital fingerprints

The Darknet attracts the internet's fringe dwellers, from criminal syndicates to human rights activists and dissidents

An art group has armed an internet bot to spend $100 in bitcoins a week on random articles

So far the bot as bought everything from cigarettes to illicit drugs

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What will the internet of the future look like? And what purpose will it be used for?

From augmented reality, which anticipates the information you’ll want just by looking at an object, to smart services that use artificial intelligence to help us manage our workloads, the look, feel and utility of the internet of 2040 is a wide open field.

Already advances in virtual reality technology - Facebook notably bought the virtual reality start-up Oculus VR for $2bn this year - are beginning to change the way we deal with everything from medical science, to military training, to learning difficulties.

To what extent, however, we’ll have control over our own data is one of the future’s great unanswered questions.

For many the future of the internet is already here; and it looks a lot like it did in 1990s.

Called the Darknet, this anonymised section of the net allows everyone from copyright pirates, to drug dealers, to dissidents to communicate and do business without fear of leaving their digital fingerprints.

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