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About The Imagining
The Internet Center

Imagining the Internet explores and provides insights into the impact of Internet evolution. It exposes future possibilities and provides a peek at the past. Here you will find the words of many thousands of people from every corner of the world, from today and yesterday, sharing thoughts about the likely future of humankind.

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Time Capsule:
Past Future Forecasts

When the telegraph, radio, telephone, TV and the Internet were invented, people predicted they would bring world peace. What looms in the future? AI far superior to human intelligence? Brain downloads? Here we offer three collections, about early 20th-century media, the 1990s 'Net and the insights of futurists in 2005.

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Multimedia Reports
From Global Gatherings

How will newly emerging communications technologies change our lives and our world? What are the greatest challenges and opportunities that lie ahead? Researchers from Elon University conduct video surveys and cover the major news events at international conferences, gleaning insights about the potential future.

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'Future of the Internet'
Surveys Raise Issues

Elon University and Pew Internet Project researchers conduct biennial surveys, asking leaders to share their expectations for the future. They are offered a series of predictions to which they respond with richly detailed elaborations on the opportunities and challenges emerging at this time of accelerating change.

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Next Project: I the I and Pew illuminate experts' views on top concerns

Digital Life In 2026?

Imagining the Internet teamed up with the Pew Research Center to canvass thousands of experts, asking five questions about issues and trends and illuminating ideas and concerns about the pluses and minuses of the Algorithm Age; trolls, fake news and online discourse; future job training; the security of the Internet of Things; and trust challenges at a time when everything is becoming connected and databased.