Researchers at Elon University and the Pew Internet Project canvassed technology innovators, entrepreneurs and analysts, digital professionals, and the highly engaged public, asking them to assess today's trends and imagine what may evolve. They were offered a series of questions and encouraged to elaborate in written responses.
The links below lead to seven 2014 reports based on a survey fielded from late November 2013 through early January 2014.
Report released Dec. 18, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted, and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025 that allows for business innovation and monetization while also offering individuals choices for protecting their personal information in easy-to-use formats? Describe what you think the reality will be in 2025 when it comes to the overall public perception about whether policy makers and corporations have struck the right balance between personal privacy, secure data, and compelling content and apps that emerge from consumer tracking and analytics.
Report released Oct. 29, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: By 2025, will a major cyber attack have caused widespread harm to a nation's security and capacity to defend itself and its people? (By "widespread harm" we mean significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.) Explain what vulnerabilities nations have to their sovereignty in the coming decade and whether major economic enterprises can or cannot thwart determined opponents. Or explain why you think the level of threat has been hyped and/or why you believe attacks can be successfully thwarted.
Report released October 9, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: New killer apps in the gigabit age: Will there be new, distinctive, and uniquely compelling technology applications that capitalize upon significant increases in bandwidth in the US between now and 2025? Please elaborate on your answer. Explain why you think there will be hardly any change or tell what new tools and applications will excite people in the next decade and envision the kinds of personal connectivity and immersive media experiences that will seize the public imagination.
Report released August 6, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: Self-driving cars, intelligent digital agents that can act for you, and robots are advancing rapidly. Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025? Describe your expectation about the degree to which robots, digital agents, and AI tools will have disrupted white collar and blue collar jobs by 2025 and the social consequences emerging from that.
Report released July 3, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: By 2025, will there be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online compared with the way globally networked people can operate online today? Describe what you believe are the most serious threats to the most effective accessing and sharing of content on the Internet. What steps are necessary to block changes that would limit people's optimal future capabilities in using the Internet?
Report released May 14, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: As billions of devices, artifacts, and accessories are networked, will the Internet of Things have widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025? Describe the evolution of embedded devices, "wearables," and "scannables" by 2025 - where will commercial and social applications of the Internet of Things most commonly and vividly be felt? What social and political difficulties will accompany its rise?
Report released March 11, 2014: This survey question asked respondents to share their answer to the following: Make your prediction about the role of the Internet in people's lives in 2025 and the impact it will have on social, economic, and political processes. Good and/or bad, what do you expect to be the most significant overall impacts of our uses of the Internet on humanity between now and 2025?