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What the Internet of 2025 Might Look Like

The Wall Street Journal (03/11/14) Brian R. Fitzgerald 

As the Internet approaches its 25-year anniversary, the Pew Research Center has released responses from science and technology experts about what the future Internet might look like. Pew had asked a group of experts in various fields what impact they thought the Internet would have in 2025 on social, political, and economic processes. Experts predict the Internet will be thoroughly embedded in homes and integrated into people’s daily lives, with some noting a rise in wearable technology, massive open online courses, and business model changes. “We may literally be able to adjust both medications and lifestyle changes on a day-by-day basis or even an hour-by-hour basis, thus enormously magnifying the effectiveness of an ever more understaffed medical delivery system,” predicts University of California, Berkeley software developer Aron Roberts. Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior research scientist David Clark says devices will become increasingly autonomous. “More and more, humans will be in a world in which decisions are being made by an active set of cooperating devices,” Clark says. Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf says business models will need to adapt to the economics of digital communication and storage. He also says, “We may finally get to Internet voting, but only if we have really strong authentication methods available.”

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