Say Hello to What The Internet Will Be Like 2025

Back in March 12, 1989, former CERN employee Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper to propose an “information management” structure. Today we know it as the internet. With the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (WWW) just around the corner, experts from the Pew Research Center have compiled a report which predicts ‘Digital Life in 2025’.

 

Back in March 12, 1989, former CERN employee Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper to propose an “information management” structure. Today we know it as the internet.
 
With the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (WWW) just around the corner, experts from the Pew Research Center have compiled a report which predicts ‘Digital Life in 2025’.

The Internet Is Nothing Short Of Your Birth Right

Initiation has already begun - the internet will soon become inescapable, and hence, we won’t think much of it. Just as we now take once-absent electricity for granted, generations to come will consider the internet less as a privilege and more as a prerequisite to existence.
 
Information sharing via the Internet will be so fluently interlaced into our way of life that it will become indiscernible, flowing like electricity, often through mechanizations.

Expert Insights:

David Clark: An MIT senior research scientist noted, “Devices will more and more have their own patterns of communication, their own ‘social networks,’ which they use to share and aggregate information, and undertake automatic control and activation.  More and more, humans will be in a world in which decisions are being made by an active set of cooperating devices. The Internet (and computer-mediated communication in general) will become more pervasive but less explicit and visible. It will, to some extent, blend into the background of all we do.”
 
Joe Touch: director at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, made a sound prediction, “The Internet will shift from the place we find cat videos to a background capability that will be a seamless part of how we live our everyday lives. We won’t think about ‘going online’ or ‘looking on the Internet’ for something — we’ll just be online, and just look.”

Greater Understanding of The World and Individual Behavior

Access to information means discarding many age old myths and replacing them with cold hard facts. That’s not all – we will collectively grow increasingly aware of our world and our own behavior.

Expert Insights:

Patrick Tuckerthe author of the Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move, believes the fact that internet allows you to analyze yourself in relation to individuals and institutes alike. This will will make us smarter.

 

He believes “We will become far more knowledgeable about the consequences of our actions; we will edit our behavior more quickly and intelligently.”

Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, accurately says, “We’ll have a picture of how someone has spent their time, the depth of their commitment to their hobbies, causes, friends, and family. This will change how we think about people, how we establish trust, how we negotiate change, failure, and success.”

Bigger, Better Faster Stronger and More Loved?

Internet-fueled wearable devices will be used to track and give feedback on your daily life, particularly in relation to your personal health and love life.

Expert Insights:

Daren C. Brabhama professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California, foresees, “We will grow accustomed to seeing the world through multiple data layers. This will change a lot of social practices, such as dating, job interviewing and professional networking, and gaming, as well as policing and espionage.”

Aron Roberts,a software developer at the University of California-Berkeley, assumes, “We may literally be able to adjust both medications and lifestyle changes on a day-by-day basis or even an hour-by-hour basis, thus enormously magnifying the effectiveness of an ever more understaffed medical delivery system”

 ‘Ubernet’ Popularity will create New Borders

The increasing recognition of Ubernet will weaken the significance of borders. Individuals will take to creating communities of their own - based on shared interests - as opposed to nationality. These may exist outside national supremacy and control. 

Experts Insights..

David Hughes , an Internet pioneer, says “All 7-plus billion humans on this planet will sooner or later be ‘connected’ to each other and fixed destinations, via the Uber(not Inter)net.  That can lead to the diminished power over people’s lives within nation-states. When every person on this planet can reach, and communicate two-way, with every other person on this planet, the power of nation-states to control every human inside its geographic boundaries may start to diminish.”

JP Rangaswami,the chief scientist for Salesforce.com, observed, “From climate change to disease control, from water conservation to nutrition, from the resolution of immune-system-weakness conditions to solving the growing obesity problem, the answer lies in what the Internet will be in decades to come. By 2025, we will have a good idea of its foundation.”

Universal Access to Knowledge: A Revolution in education

One of the greatest impacts of the internet is universal knowledge.   The internet will continue to spread more opportunities to people with financial difficulties and from less advantageous backgrounds

Expert Insights:

Hal Varian, the chief economist for Google, says the biggest impact on the world will be universal access to all human knowledge.

The smartest person in the world currently could well be stuck behind a plow in India or China. Enabling that person — and the millions like him or her — will have a profound impact on the development of the human race. Cheap mobile devices will be available worldwide, and educational tools like the Khan Academy will be available to everyone. This will have a huge impact on literacy and numeracy and will lead to a more informed and more educated world population.

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