It is crazy to imagine the possibilities of what our society will be like in the year 2025 when so much has evolved technology wise in just this past decade alone.
In just ten years, we have seen the birth of social networking, the size of television screens expand at the same time as their widths becoming thinner, and the physical and technological features of our cell phones changing drastically. We have come such a long way since 2005, which is why it is so hard for me to grasp the idea of what my world will be like by the time 2025 comes around.
In PEW Research Center’s article, the expert contributors spoke about the changes they think our digital world will face, and how the Internet will become “like electricity that is less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.” They presented 15 these about the future of the digital world, some “hopeful,” and some “less than hopeful.”
Signs of Hope
The common subject matter of thee themes were connectivity, and the easy access people will have to information all over the world. Bryan Alexander of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education wrote, “It will be a world more integrated than ever before.” They spoke on the realization people will have of their world, and on their behavior, and that users will become far more aware of the consequences for our actions.
The thesis that gave me the most excitement was that of the idea of wearable devices being able to have such a huge impact on our personal health.
Having access to devices in which will promote healthier lifestyle changes, closely monitoring and giving feedback on our daily lives could cause our world to see a drastic change in the overall well being of our society.
The downsides that were pointed out to the progression of our digital world revolved around concepts such as user regulation, and unfair wealth opportunities to those of high classes. In regard to abuses and abusers, the evolving internet will give the “bullies” a new capacity to make life miserable for their victims, exposing people to threats they had not been exposed to before.
People will also be able to make trade offs for privacy and various governments and nation in order to implement their own policies in regards to the digital world.
Things are Looking Up
Overall, I would have to say that the hopeful possibilities far outweigh the less than hopeful, however that is up for everyone’s own interpretation. The only thing we can do for now is be thankful for the opportunities the Internet have awarded us, and look forward to the possibility of transformation in this next decade.