Pew Research releases the results of a survey of 578 “leading Internet activists, builders and commentators”, regarding how they see technology evolving, and its adoption by people and its impact on society. 32% believe the Web “will bring about greater social tolerance”, 56% disagreed. Pew also surveyed 618 respondents “who are helping build the web but aren’t necessarily considered experts or opinion leaders”. Results were similar. Other results “55% of experts say people will routinely interact in artificial spaces”. Nearly 2/3; “voice-activation and touch will be common technology interfaces by 2020”. 78% agree the “current Internet architecture will not be replaced by a completely new system in 2020, but search, security and reliability will have been enhanced”. See the article for more predictions:
By 2020, mobile phones will be the primary Internet devices for most people in the world, according to a panel of experts, who also predict that Web technologies will probably not lead to increased social tolerance.
“The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection and the only one for a majority of the people across the world,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project writes in a new “Future of the Internet” report. “Telephony [will be] offered under a set of universal standards and protocols accepted by most operators internationally, making for reasonably effortless movement from one part of the world to another.”