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Future of the Internet Part II

By Lee Odden     Online Marketing


The Pew Internet and American Life research project has issued another report on the the future of the internet with predictions that by 2020:

  • Virtual reality will enhance worker productivity
  • Tech ‚Äúrefuseniks‚Äù will emerge as a cultural group, living “off the network”
  • People will continue to disclose personal information unknowingly, albeit for some personal benefit

There are other insights as well including the continued social inequalities and 46% agreed that the benefits of greater transparency of organizations and individuals would outweigh the privacy costs and 49% disagreed.

Here’s a video clip of Lee Rainie from Pew discussing the findings on the Lehrer NewsHour show.

The whole idea of a sub-culture emerging that lives “off the net” seems a bit sci fi to me. But then when I think about it, the few times I’ve taken internet-free vacations, it has been very refreshing. However, my business is very much tied to the internet, so there’s no off-network plans for me unless I change what I do for a living.¬† Hmmmmmmm.


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