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Internet in 2025: 5 Intriguing Predictions

How will the Web evolve over the next decade? Technology experts weigh in.

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Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
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3/12/2014 | 11:46:42 AM
Your predictions?
How do you predict the Internet will change in 10 years? Share your thoughts.
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3/12/2014 | 12:52:28 PM
Internet voting
Note the caution with which Vint Cerf treats the possibility of online voting. That's going to be much harder to make real than MOOCs. Do you agree?
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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3/12/2014 | 3:32:55 PM
Re: Internet voting
Where there's money and power, there's corruption. Criminals go where the money is, after all. Today credit card data and Bitcoin, tomorrow, sell an election to the highest bidder by manipulating the voting system with enough finesse that it's not obvious, and enough intelligence to do just what's needed to tip the scales. Like a major league pitcher fixing a game by throwing a few extra balls.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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3/12/2014 | 4:23:11 PM
Re: Your predictions?
I wonder whether in ten years we'll see a kinetic attack in response to an online attack. At some point, countries are going to resolve to do something about online actions that do meaningful economic harm.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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3/12/2014 | 4:51:03 PM
Arab Spring?
Optimistic projections based on the Arab Spring strike me as dated, given that "peaceful" revolution was followed by violence and another change of leadership in Egypt, followed by more turmoil.
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3/12/2014 | 5:32:25 PM
I am a skeptic!
Someone said recently "They promised us flying cars, we got 140 characaters".

I don't see any dramatic new 'stuff' happening. What I do think will happen is that internet will become a considerably more transparent entity. People won't think "Hey, my TV is connected to the internet, what is new on Netfilx streaming?" They will just think "What is new on Netflix?" My guess is that we will see simliar attitude/viewpoint change across the board.

But no flying cars.
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3/12/2014 | 5:34:48 PM
Re: Your predictions?
Oscar Gandy essentially thinks the Internet will lead to more conflict as social media and other networked connections fill people in on how terrible their lives are and how much better the privileged few have it. Really? I think Prof. Gandy underestimates the power of the Internet to do just the opposite for individuals: help them make more money, get access to more life-sustaining and -fulfilling information, spread the word to effect positive change.




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3/12/2014 | 6:42:23 PM
peace and prosperity
I like what Tucker and Correia said, and I agree with Rob
Obviously in ten years more, plenty more people we'll have internet. It will reach places that we never heard of. All of this will bring more awareness, communication, dialogue, and what not, more education for the people. And with that, I believe a new era of peace and prosperity will be at our doorsteps.
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané,
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3/13/2014 | 3:48:32 AM
Re: peace and prosperity

I like that positive thinking. :) 

I would love to believe there would finally be an era of peace and prosperity. However, as history tells of centuries of human primitive behaviour that don't seem to come to an end despite technology advancing quickly, I am not sure such a degree of civilized behaviour could be possible in just 10 years' time. 

Improved education, and positive changes to the healthcare system are two things that will keep on improving overtime with the betterment of the Internet. I agree that many more people in remote places will have Internet access, better communication with the rest of the world and with this better business opportunities.

Now, what about privacy predicted as a luxury only for the rich? Privacy is almost lost; so does this mean we are walking toward times when privacy will be considered a thing of the past in its totality? :/  

Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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3/13/2014 | 11:10:25 AM
Big data, boring people
"We will become far more knowledgeable about the consequences of our actions; we will edit our behavior more quickly and intelligently."

Tucker is on to something with the idea that big data will continue to shape how people behave and censor themselves. I know I self-monitor my social media interactions much more than I used to. But will that carry over into real-world behavior where people always stay in line and watch their backs? I see how this could lead to more self-awareness and better etiquette, as Tucker implies, but it doesn't sound like much fun. 

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