Donnerstag, 8. Mai 2014

Future of the Internet by 2025

Pew Research Center together with Elon University
A very interesting report by the Pew Research Center in association with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center has just recently been published about what some of the most prolific Internet thinkers imagine the Internet and our digital lifes to be like in 2025 (for a pdf-copy of the report see here).

The experts largely agree on the technology change that lies ahead, even as they disagree about its ramifications. Most believe there will be:

  • A global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric known as the Internet of Things.
  • “Augmented reality” enhancements to the real-world input that people perceive through the use of portable/wearable/implantable technologies.
  • Disruption of business models established in the 20th century (most notably impacting finance, entertainment, publishers of all sorts, and education).
  • Tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.
However, when asked to describe the good and bad aspects of the future, many of the experts can also clearly identify areas of concern, some of them extremely threatening. Heightened concerns over interpersonal ethics, surveillance, terror, and crime, may lead societies to question how best to establish security and trust while retaining civil liberties. Overall, these expert predictions can be grouped into 15 identifiable theses about our digital future.

For more detail on the survey beyond the pdf-report see The Imagining the Internet site dedicated to the survey­ with additional content, including nearly all respondents' full responses in two qualitative data sets that could be further studied and analyzed, and the Pew Research site on the report.

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