With the Internet coming of age and becoming a more powerful tool, there are plenty of questions that will never be answered: How will the internet survive?
How will it work?
How many people will use it?
And most importantly, what will happen when the world goes dark?
Will the internet be more like a smartphone or a car, or a platform that connects thousands of people at once?
Will it remain open to anyone who wants to use it, or will it fall into the same category as cable or radio, and only those who pay a monthly fee get access?
In this week’s issue of New York magazine, I talk with the co-founder of the internet’s first streaming service, Justin Timberlake, about how the internet has transformed over the last few decades.
I also ask Timberlake to explain the rise of the “internet of things,” and what we might expect from the internet in the next few decades, and what it means for our future.