As the World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday on Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a report that offers a glimpse of what is in store for the internet over the next ten years.
Pew gave an open-ended query about the web’s role in our lives by 2025 and its effect on society, politics and economics. Respondents included experts from various fields such as writers, advocates, developers, researchers, entrepreneurs and others.
The question posed was this: Good, bad or in between, what will be the internet’s most significant impact on humanity from the present to 2025? Here are the most notable answers.
Software Developer Aron Roberts at University of California, Berkeley, highlighted the potential of wearable devices such the Google Glass.
“We may well see wearable devices and/or home and workplace sensors that can help us make ongoing lifestyle changes and provide early detection for disease risks,” he said.
In addition, we may be able to adjust our lifestyle and medication intake on a daily or even hourly basis in order to magnify the effectiveness of an undermanned health sector.
Meanwhile, MIT Senior Research Scientist David Clark envisions a world where machines make decisions on behalf of humanity.
“Devices will more and more have their own patterns of communication, their own ‘social networks,’ which they use to share and aggregate information, and undertake automatic control and activation. More and more, humans will be in a world in which decisions are being made by an active set of cooperating devices,” he said.