Internet @ 25, what is the future?

Internet’s future….I listen with interest everything related to my industry and being 66, I have watched the PBS News Hour just about daily on a TV, and listen to NPR on my car radio daily for at least the last 30 years.  In fact I seem to listen and watch these news outlets more than ever. In listening to three internet gurus, very connected, interviewed by the News Hour I was stuck by their optimism and confidence that more or less all current issues and concerns will all work out, however new and different one will arise.  Like electricity once the infrastructure is in place, and all our internet connections are light switch reliable, The USA is currently 16th in the world on that front, so unfortunately we’ve fallen behind, but am sure we will gain ground and stay competitive, after all this is where it all began! Below are 15 predictions where the WEB is heading in the next 10 or so years and I love the last prediction best of all…..think WhatsApp

So, what is the future of the Internet?

Here are 15 predictions from the newly released Digital Life at 2025:

  • Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.
  • The spread of the Internet will enhance global connectivity, fostering more positive relationships among societies.
  • The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior.
  • Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially in regard to personal health.
  • Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change, and more public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.
  • The spread of the “Ubernet” will diminish the meaning of borders, and new “nations” of those with shared interests may emerge online and exist beyond the capacity of current nation-states to control.
  • The Internet will become “the Internets” as access, systems and principles are renegotiated.
  • An Internet-enabled revolution in education will spread more opportunities with less money spent on buildings and teachers.
  • Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.
  • Abuses and abusers will ‘evolve and scale.’ Human nature isn’t changing; there’s laziness, bullying, stalking, stupidity, pornography, dirty tricks, crime, and the offenders will have new capacity to make life miserable for others.
  • Pressured by these changes, governments and corporations will try to assert power – and at times succeed – as they invoke security and cultural norms.
  • People will continue – sometimes grudgingly – to make tradeoffs favoring convenience and perceived immediate gains over privacy; and privacy will be something only the upscale will enjoy.
  • Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks.
  • Most people are not yet noticing the profound changes today’s communications networks are already bringing about; these networks will be even more disruptive in the future.
  • Foresight and accurate predictions can make a difference; “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

That last one is more advice than a prediction.Finding the Next

View the full report as well as comments on each of the predictions from some of the experts at the Pew Research Center for Internet.

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