October 2, 2006
Pew Study: The Future of the Internet II
Highlights from the survey:
- Respondants believe that a low-cost global network will exist in 2020, accessible to most people globally.
- Global competition is a definite, with resistance from currently successful businesses.
- Respondants say that "humans will remain in charge of technology between now and 2020" (that's good to hear...) but that machines/processes will exceed human controlability at some point (can we say AI?).
- People will expose more information about themselves and continue to lose any sense of privacy in an increasingly networked environment.
- Economic status and technophobes (who will begin to organize and violently protest) will remain unconnected, even in 2020. (OK, that sounds a bit scary.)
- Users will continue to dedicate more personal time to "sophisticated, compelling, networked, synthetic worlds by 2020." "Addiction" was discussed at length.
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