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posted by janrinok on Sunday April 13 2014, @03:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the a-better-world? dept.

The Pew Research Center asked a set of professors, businessmen, and readers of "technology-oriented listservs" to imagine the Internet of 2025. (Source in PDF and HTML.)

Some respondents speculated that there would be amplification of known trends: "ambient" networks (sensors, cameras, phones/tracking devices) that are increasingly integrated into work and social life, ongoing disruption of traditional "content" industries, and the continued growth of analytics/surveillance ("tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.") Of course, networks "accurately predict[ing] our interests and weaknesses" implies the loss of personal privacy, first to governments and corporations, but eventually to any interested party or social engineer.

Others predicted decentralization and fragmentation self-forming mesh networks, darknets, and proliferating incompatible national/corporate algorithms. Your freedom would be circumscribed by the ideology of your network's owner.

I put the question to you, O People of Soylent. What futures do you foresee? What trends or pathologies does the Pew report minimize or neglect? How can or should *we* influence the Internet's direction in the next decade?

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Bartman12345 on Sunday April 13 2014, @07:01AM

    by Bartman12345 (1317) on Sunday April 13 2014, @07:01AM (#30712)

    In 2025 the Internet will consist entirely of advertising and lolcats, and no-one will care about it any more.

    Except the 5 billion people who LOEV LOLCATS!!!1!!1!

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  • (Score: 2) by everdred on Tuesday April 15 2014, @05:34PM

    by everdred (110) on Tuesday April 15 2014, @05:34PM (#31891) Journal

    I firmly believe we've already experienced Peak Lolcat.