In another great article by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson, the future of the internet is speculated. In a canvassing from several experts, technology builders and analysts, 1,606 responded. They projected that the idea that some people will benefit greatly from it, all the way to the concern that the “haves” and “have-nots” margin will widen. Others say the ‘wearable devices’ will become the norm. Privacy, as we know it today, will disappear according to some.
In another perspective, Karl Fogel, a partner at Open Tech Strategies, president at QuestionCopyright.org, wrote in response to this question, “No, yuck, we don’t need this, and most people aren’t asking for it. I’ve never been quite clear on where the demand is supposedly coming from. The scarce resource will continue to be human attention. There is a limit to the usefulness of devices that are worn in public but that demand attention because it is often socially and practically unacceptable to give those devices enough attention to make them worth the trouble of configuring and interacting with.” I tend to agree with this direction. We may indeed be sacrificing the things that make us human and the inherent need for contact for a growing dependency on technology. RE