It’s always fun to imagine what the future might bring. The Future of the Internet II contains the results of an eight-part 2006 survey of technology experts and social analysts that inspired thousands of fascinating forecasts tied to eight compelling question sets about the state of things in 2020, including: Will English be the dominant language? Will more people choose to live “off the grid”? Will virtual reality trump “real” reality? Will autonomous machines leave humans out of the loop? Will national boundaries be displaced by new groupings?
The web-based survey of 742 internet stakeholders was undertaken by Pew Internet, and asked respondents to assess provocative proposed scenarios for the year 2020 found significant support for and against each.