"By 2025, we should have around 8.1 billion people online. Just imagine all those billions of people and ideas sharing and collaborating. Please don’t let me get hit by a bus. I want to live to experience this period which people will later call the Age of Collaboration."
Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, host of the AOL series “The Future Starts Here” and founder of The Webby Awards, on what the future of the internet holds.
Friday thought of the day: What does the future hold for creativity/innovation?
"To realize its full potential, the Internet, as a medium and infrastructure (cables, etc.), has to be redefined, legislated, and maintained as a public domain where freedom of speech operates fully. Access to the Internet should be guaranteed globally in the same way as education, healthcare, food, and housing are guaranteed now in some countries."
— An associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, on future threats to the Net by 2025
"Nearly everything in daily life will have a connected application associated with it. We can think of each person as a plug and each part of life as a socket—when you move from your bedroom to your kitchen to your car to your workplace and back again, each step along the way will be able to recognize your common identifier and tailor your experience accordingly."
— Patrick Stack, manager for the digital transformation group of Accenture Interactive, on the future of the Internet of Things.
"We will eventually be able to interact via thoughts, but it won’t be common by 2025. However, verbal interaction will be commonplace. We will talk to devices in essentially the same way we talk to other people. Yes, you will be permanently connected to the network via wearable devices. You will interact with these devices mostly by voice, as you would interact with another person. Centuries ago, rich people had servants, and in the future, we will all have cyberservants."
Hal Varian, chief economist for Google, on the future of the Internet of Things.
Will we all eventually have cyberservants? Your thoughts?