“The Future of the Internet II” New Pew Internet Survey Released

October 3, 2006 at 7:56 pm


As I am sure many of you have heard, on Sept. 25th, 2006 Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University released their latest survey “The Future of the Internet II.” If you would like to see a pdf of the full report click here. Results, including quotes and biosketches from the 750 tech savvy respondents can be found on the Imagining the Internet Web site.
According to the press release, themes in the predictions made for the year 2020 include:

  • “Continued serious erosion of individual privacy
  • Improvement of virtual reality and problems associated with ever-more-compelling synthetic worlds
  • Greater economic opportunities for those in developing nations
  • Changes in languages and the rise of autonomous machines that operate beyond human control.”

    My favorite quote from the experts:
    “It is better to be actively, thoughtfully and humanly adapting technology than to be creating inertia to resist it.”

    Scariest quote:
    “Losses from internet-related crime and terror will exceed losses from all natural disasters.”

    Most hopeful quote:
    “Enhanced communications and access to information are on the evolutionary path to freedom.”

    Click here to view more select quotes.

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