Charlie Chaplin once said that cinema was just a fad. In 1936, the New York Times wrote that "the rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." In 1955, Variety magazine reported that rock n 'roll would disappear by June of that year.
Predicting the future of technology is rather stupid. But it certainly has not stopped us from doing.
On Tuesday, the Pew Research Internet Project and Imagining The Internet Center of his University Elon they tried to shed light on how our online life would look like 2025, publishing the predictions of academics and scientists.
You'll Forget That The Internet Is There.
"The Internet (and computer-based communication in general) will be more pervasive, but less clear and visible," said David Clark, a senior researcher in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. "To some extent, it will be in the background in everything we do." Joe Touch, director of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, agrees. We will not think of searching the internet, we will just do it. ”
The Internet will be better than any Teacher.
With existing resources such as Wikipedia and Khan Academy, the Internet now provides access to education like never before. Many of the academics who participated in the research believe that these resources will become better over time. Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, believes that "the biggest impact in the world will be universal access to all human knowledge. The smartest person in the world today could be behind a plow in India or China. "Allowing this person, or millions of others like him or her, to access and communicate via the internet could have a profound effect on the development of the human race."
The Internet will prove that Orwell was right
Hong Xue, director of the Institute for Internet Policy and Law at Beijing Normal University, cites Orwell's predictions, and envisions a future where "people will live in a transparent world like 1984." Many of those surveyed did so to envision an increase in data and information as a way to improve medicine, education, transportation and life in general, while others feared it would lead to increased discrimination and marginalization, which will allow the government to justify an institutionalized oppression.
The Internet will change so quickly that we will not be able to prevent it.
Philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan once said, "We shape our tools and then our tools shape us." Many commentators on Pew's research seem to agree. As technology evolves and evolves at an unprecedented rate, there are concerns that we will fail to recognize potential consequences and pitfalls. One respondent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "The information we want will come back to haunt us as networks learn to accurately predict our interests and weaknesses; this will tempt us to stop seeking knowledge. to narrow our horizons, even to delve deeper and deeper. ”
The Internet will eradicate Geography.
"When every person on this planet can reach, and communicate in two ways, with any other person on this planet, the power of nation-states to control man with geographical boundaries will begin to wane," said David Hughes, pioneer. of telecommunications.
The Internet will make us Amazing Monks
Bob Briscoe, chief researcher at British Telecom, is concerned that while interactions may increase, they are also becoming more superficial and unsustainable. Others believe that global connectivity will lead to local isolation - and insist that while a "global village" could have its benefits, there is no doubt that it can make people feel isolated.
Internet Internet The Internet will not even exist.
This can be the most advanced and difficult prediction. Retired software engineer Robert McGrath believes there is a 50/50 chance that the Internet will not exist at all. Citing cyber-attacks, McGrath speculates that the World Wide Web could kneel - dragging the economy and the world as we know it.
It was first published by Huffington Post