In honor of the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, Inc.com reports a research project of what more than 2,000 experts try to predict the Web and life will look like some 10 years out.
It has changes our lives so dramatically over the last 10 years, so it’s interesting to speculate how many of these will come to fruition:
1. There will be added awareness of our world and our own behavior.
For this, we’ll have the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and big data to thank. This will change how we think about people, how we establish trust, how we negotiate change, failure, and success.[sam id=50 codes=’true’]
2. Information sharing will be so enmeshed in our daily lives that we mostly won’t even notice it.
We won’t think about ‘going online’ or ‘looking on the Internet’ for something–we’ll just be online, and just look.
3. Wearable devices will transform health care delivery.
4. Governments may lose control.
The Internet enables more people in the developing world to become more aware of disparities in access to health care, education, water, and human rights, and for everyone to become more aware of the cost of manipulative governments. The result will be more peaceful changes but also more public uprisings such as the Arab Spring.
5. The Internet will become (more) fragmented.
If you have a “work persona” on LinkedIn and use Facebook mostly to communicate with your relatives, you already know what we are talking about.
6. Education will be available to all.
7. Gaps between the haves and the have-nots may expand, leading to violence.
Social media makes it easier for people to share their frustrations; it also makes it easier for people to challenge the status quo–not necessarily peaceably.
8. The bad guys will have new tools to make life miserable for everyone else.
Privacy and confidentiality will become things of the past. As the world becomes less safe, terrorism and cyber-terrorism may become daily occurrences. Dirty tricks over social media may become more influential in political campaigns.
9. Say good-bye to privacy.
By 2025, only the relatively well-educated and affluent will have the ability to maintain their privacy. Whether they will choose to do so remains to be seen.
The report closes on a positive note, sharing a reminder voiced by many of the experts who were consulted: The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
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