What will the digital world look like in the next 50 years? The report of the American “Popular Machinery” monthly website on November 1, 2019 sorted out the answers of some experts, researchers, scientists, engineers and futurists.
The world will be virtualized
A researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and published in 2014 by “Social Machine” wrote that in the next 1/4 century, we will now search or use the Internet. The way will be considered “stale”. Specifically, our digital existence will not be separated from the physical world, but will be deeply rooted in it.
Donat also wrote: “The keyboard, mouse, and display will disappear.”
Toby Negrim, chief product officer at Wikimedia Foundation, equates the Internet with electricity because it has become “ubiquitous utility, some kind of Expect something that is readily available and readily available and is inextricably linked to our daily lives. ”
The world in front of us will be a mixture of reality and virtuality, and people will most likely fail to recognize which are real and which are virtual.
New forms of communication
With the advent of the digital age, our world has become smaller-both in terms of oral and written communication. But experts agree that we are still evolving. In the not-too-distant future, typing information will gradually give way to verbal and audible communication, as demonstrated by Apple’s intelligent voice assistant Siri and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.
Paul Jones, founder of Ibiblio, one of the largest collections of open source materials on the Internet, said: “You don’t need to search the Internet anymore, you just have to ask questions. It’s more like talking.”
Donat said, technically Progress will adapt to this new era of oral communication.
Both Jones and Donat point out that predictive technology that is almost ubiquitous and capable of auto-correction will become more accurate, which will make communications faster and require less brainpower. In addition, thanks to our ability to combine speech with augmented reality (AR), we will be able to understand and communicate with everyone.
Privacy is gone
Every time you tell Alexa to buy another bag of cat food, you’re giving more information about you to a $ 1 billion company. For your convenience, you have made the decision to sacrifice some information that may be private.
This situation will continue unabated. Jones said that these new technologies will become better at knowing what we want. “If you have certain habits, then these devices will help you based on those habits. They will make predictions. This can be scary but familiar,” the
report said. For this reason, corporate marketing and The method of advertising will change significantly. They will become more personal and will shrink significantly in size. Donner wrote: “There will be more and more tailor-made advertisements. A beautiful bracelet that you may buy will flash briefly on your wrist, and you will see more beautiful carpets and furnishings in your living room. The scene after new furniture. ”
Health data revolution
With the advent of continuously connected wearable technologies that collect people’s health information, the clues about the biological data revolution have emerged. Experts surveyed generally believe that this may be a good thing for society as a whole, which actually allows us to obtain a large amount of data and use it to make better health care services.
Gillian York, director of International Freedom of Speech at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote: “We will get more information about how people eat, exercise and other daily lives. They will help doctors and researchers better develop This plan serves our needs and helps us become healthier. ”
Everyone is optimistic that the future of the Internet will mean harmony, solidarity, better communication, free flow of information, a more convenient and healthier world. However, all these hopes are accompanied by a large number of warnings and qualifications.
Speaking of the answers he collected, Rennie said: “There are some major and complex issues that we still have difficulty solving. I feel like we are at an inflection point now. We have to solve them now to ensure that the worst-case scenario does not happen. . ”
Just like for every new technology, in a way, this work takes time to fully understand its impact and find the best way to cope. “At best we are only in the adolescence of the Internet,” Negrin said, and there is still a long way to go before we truly understand what this means.