BBC News talks to Dr Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of DNS (Domain Name System).
Celebrating DNS’s 21st birthday he says: “Ten years from now, we will look back at the net and think how could we have been so primitive.”
All communication will be over the net, he predicts, and we will no longer need phone numbers, just web addresses.
“Ten years from now, we will wonder how it was so hard to find things on the network too,” he told BBC News Online.
“At best we are at the Bronze Age, we are not even at the Iron Age stage in the network.”
“It is quite possible that phone numbers will have disappeared and people will just use menus off their phone. I don’t think there is particular value in having them.”
A more unified system of identification could mean people do daily tasks, like paying bills, more easily and conveniently.
Searching and finding people are certainly the two areas that still need to develop further, according to Dr Mockapetris, and replacing numbers with web addresses will help that, he says.
“We have to make it an everyday system. We have to make it so that people don’t see it, so that the surfing experience just happens,” he thinks.
Although advanced countries are at the point where most people have net access in one form or another, much still needs to be done so that every man, woman and child on the planet has it all of the time, he says.