Pew Internet: Cell Phones Primary Web Device by 2020

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.”

via Mobile phones to be primary Internet device by 2020, experts predict – Network World.


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