The Death of the Traditional API

Without realizing it, the level of expectations continues to grow around our consumption of data. If you can, think back to 15 or 20 years ago. Did you have an expectation to be able to access immediate posts, pictures, and comments about anything and everything? I doubt you did because services like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter did not exist.

A decade ago did you expect your phone to be able to track your Uber driver’s location in real-time and see their car moving on a map? Of course not, but today it is expected. It is expected the same way that when we look at google maps we no longer just want directions but we want real-time data about traffic. When we look at the weather we no longer are satisfied with seeing the daily prediction. We want to know if it will be rainy or windy in fifteen minute increments.

Even the landscape of our video consumption is quickly changing. Periscope started the trend of ‘exploring the world through the eyes of somebody else’. Facebook Live Stream and Youtube Live have released their own versions to keep up with the demand for real-time video consumption.

The Internet of Things (IOT) is expanding the boundaries for real-time data and will soon lead to gigantic increases in data sent and consumed. Currently most homes have only a few devices that transmit and accept data: those being phones, tablets, and computers. We are seeing the transition where almost every part of a home will soon send and receive data. Televisions, BlueRay players, game consoles, door locks, lights, refrigerators, microwaves, thermostats, and coffee pots. And we haven’t even talked about cars yet!