The Pew Center has released its third in its series of reports on the future of the Internet. Its executive summary’s opening paragraph is riveting in itself.
A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major technology advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.
OK, I’ll bite. When and how has the Internet ever led to more social tolerance, forgiving human relations, or better home lives?
Where do you think the Internet is heading and how is your life enriched by it — if at all? How much has constant connectivity changed your life and relationships?
Here’s the full report.