While involved in a rather OCD-driven google search this morning for the release year of a certain album by an obscure Peruvian chicha band from the 60s/70s, it occurred to me that it would be a lot easier to find (if it's even there somewhere) if our common languages had been built for the internet age in the first place.
I don't mean vocabulary, where certain words enter a language parallel to the widespread adoption of a new technology and become a normal part of that language ("online," "email," etc.). And I don't mean something along the lines of all of us speaking to each other in html code where little Billy's first word to his adoring parents might be "tag."
What would our shared language look like if it were constructed out of a world in which the internet is taken universally as a matter of course - like trees and the sky and animals or eating and sleeping? Something so ontologically present that spoken and written language would be incoherent without it built into the very structure and essence of the language?
Like, it would really help me right now if numerical years in Spanish were always preceded by the word "año" because I don't want to sift through links that have nothing to do with the year of the album. What if our language was built from the ground up like this, prepared inherently for google searches? Would this ultimately render google redundant or a technology that would never have been developed at all? If we started from today, never having spoken any other language except grunts and shouts, would language 10,000 years down the line be an inherently different thing than as we know it? Would communication?