Experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ – less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives, for good and ill

Digital FutureFrom Pew Research Center, March 2014, “Digital Life in 2025” Download it here.

This is one fascinating report, containing surprises, “oh yeah I thought so’s” and in general, an up close look into what our interweb will look like in 2025, if not sooner.

About This Report

This report is the latest research report in a sustained effort throughout 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners- Lee. He wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system —for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over the Internet — a system that linked computers and that had been around for years.

Here’s a few projected titbits to moisten your curiosity …

Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.

Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change and public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.

Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.

Fascinating like I stated earlier … so take a few moments to relax, take a seat and download the report here and spend the rest of the day in wonder …. or not.

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