Responses in reaction to the following question
were assembled from a select group of 1,286 Internet stakeholders
in the fall 2004 Pew Internet & American Life "Experts Survey."
Some respondents chose to answer to this question; some did
not. Some chose to indentify themselves with their answer; some
did not. We share some - not all - of the responses here. Workplaces
of respondents whose reactions are listed below are attributed
here only for the purpose of indicating a level of internet
expertise; the statements reflect personal viewpoints and do
not represent their companies', universities' or government
agencies' policies or positions. Some answers have been edited
in order to share more respondents' replies. Below is a selection
of the many carefully considered responses to the following
Looking to the future
What are you anxious
to see happen? What is your dream application, or where would
you hope to see the most path-breaking developments in the next
I would like to see secure online voting, available to all.
I'm anxious for 3G (or more) mobile broadband internet access
and telemedicine, especially in application to public health
throughout the world. - Charlie Firestone, The Aspen Institute
(this organization works to promote non-partisan inquiry)
I am most anxious to see the keepers of our intellectual property
laws admit that they are failing and restructure them in a smarter
way. I am most anxious for a seamless open-source, online computer,
meaning I buy something at an electronics store that when I
plug it into the net updates itself completely and keeps itself
up to date in terms of operating system, email and web clients
all with open-source apps. - Alexander Rose, executive director,
The Long Now Foundation (this organization works to promote
I want to have TiVo apply to all aspects of my life! - Jonathan
Band, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP (law firm)
I am very interested in - but very uncertain about - the future
of virtual or synthetic worlds. It would be exciting if they
were to become an important social landscape, a place where
people went to school, held social events, and the like. Increasingly
virtual worlds are the only corners of life left where people
are free to create and build as they like, without worrying
about fire codes and licenses. They are a kind of utopia in
that respect, and I hope they case a long shadow. - Fred
Hapgood, Output Ltd.
Ways of seeing my groups (social network) that aren't boneheaded
stupid and that don't require me to explicitly reconstitute
them. A big deal: Integration of virtual networks with geography-based
neighborhoods. This will be enabled by the integration of GIS.
- David Weinberger, Evident Marketing Inc.
Convergence isn't a device but digital content and data finding
its path to the consumer in whatever way they want to receive
it. - Mike Kelly, America Online
I would like to see the ability to transmit very, very high-definition
"virtual reality" over the internet so that users could "experience"
remote worlds, whether they be a trip up the Amazon, or to New
Zealand, or to a completely imaginary world created by an artist.
- Gary Bachula, Internet2
Software that is trustworthy, dependable, reliable, usable,
and safe and contains enough self-diagnostics that users can
ask it what is the matter. - Peter Denning, Naval Postgraduate
School, Monterey, Calif., columnist for Communications of the
I am anxious to see art and design enter into our devices, interfaces
and applications. The tools we use should be as beautiful as
the art objects in museums of modern art. - Christine Geith,
Michigan State University
Dream application - project collaboration ability - to streamline
the work of teams online in real time, having access to all
of the knowledge contained within, assistance with planning
and implementation, without fragmentation across multiple disparate
applications. In health care, advanced medical vocabulary and
contextual mapping that provide patients with information that
is relevant to their care and personal situation, empowering
them to make the best health care decision at any moment. -
Ted Eytan, MD, Group Health Cooperative
The dream application of the internet is actually integration
of several self contained applications including VOIP, portable
access, workgroup collaboration, GPS and broadband video so
that an individual can use a portable device to instantly access
whatever or whomever they need. - Bill Eager, internet expert
I want to see online newspapers (and their partners) create
virtual representations of real neighborhoods, to help people
lead more productive, sociable, charitable, safer, happier lives.
I want to see traditional journalistic values prosper and spread
on the Internet, but that requires newspapers to adapt to the
new medium much faster than they've done so far. - Dan Froomkin,
I'm anxious about surveillance and lack of privacy. I'm also
anxious about the average user's lack of understanding regarding
the nuances of their use (e.g. the extent to which companies
follow users' actions, etc.). I hope we can regain email by
figuring out ways to fight spam. Again, an important aspect
is educating users about the system and how not to compromise
their and others' personal information online. - Eszter
Hargittai, Northwestern University
In media, we need agreement on content protection standards
that strongly support both protection and portability. At Gartner,
we call this "perfectly portable content." The technology is
almost there, but we lack the will to use it to package new
forms of content with new business models. - James Brancheau,
What has to happen for people to feel they have participated
in a process in a meaningful way? How can a million people participate
in something and each feel they made a contribution - a difference.
What role could many-to-many play in world peace? - Timothy
L. Hansen, MoveOn.org
I hate to admit it, but I don't really have a dream application!
I have been involved with computers since 1952 when I wrote
my first program for Whirlwind I. I am continually in awe of
what is coming along. - Bill Eccles, Rose-Hulman Institute
Ubiquitous wifi coverage is a must. Convergence of wifi, home
Internet service, VoIP, phone, and cell service - necessary
in terms of pricing and service integration. - Alexandra
Samuel, Harvard University/Cairns Project (New York Law School)
My "most-wanted" applications: 1. Home-fabrication equipment.
I want to be able to download the latest consumer device and
"print" it at home. 2. Lifelogging. Complete records of our
lives. "Reality TV" that allows you to re-experience others'
experiences, either in real time or delayed. 3. Networked based
AI: Technologies that find useful patterns in the web at large
and leverage these to provide for interesting connections between
people and ideas. 4. An increase in freely available media,
through initiatives like the Creative Commons. I think this
is particularly important when it comes to scientific literature.
- A. Halavais, State University of New York at Buffalo
I would love to see true convergence - getting rid of all the
many devices and their adapters to charge them up - and shift
our technological innovation away from helping us to accomplish
the obvious with respect to ICT and instead have it targeted
at some of our most persistent problems - homelessness, HIV/AIDS
in the developing world, a world free of violence. I think the
arrival of the Internet has meant a fun and creative free for
all as we zoomed in to figure out all the fun and useful things
we could do. In ten years we will have figured that out - so
I hope all that same energy will get targeted to make this world
a better place. - Liz Rykert, Meta Strategies Inc., Toronto,Canada
The internet is a tool, like a car or a refrigerator. Beyond
the most rudimentary idea of how computers and the internet
work, the average person should not be expected to learn an
entire new language or learn to deal with pervasive crashes
and incomprehensible error messages ... My dream situation -
as opposed to application - will occur when beta testing routinely
requires that any intelligent adult be able to use the product
or application competently without a geek in the family or a
lengthy interaction with tech support. - Lois Ambash, Metaforix
A vast improvement in the ability to filter out noise and focus
on useful information. We need applications which reduce the
quantity of information delivered to us while increasing its
value and relevance. Such information filters must be permeable
enough to allow through a user-definable level of divergent
views, jarring notes and out-of-left-field ideas and news. -
Rose Vines, freelance tech writer, Australian PC User, the Sydney
My dream application would be a high-quality news sources for
local communities, created by the people in those communities.
- Peter Levine, University of Maryland
Virtual reality via direct access to the brain. (Seeing without
the use of your eyes, for example.) - Jeffrey Boase, University
I would like to see the internet become more customized, and
I don't mean that we choose all of our preferences; rather,
the technology would be "smart" enough to recognize our needs
and wants and profiles and display information relative to that.
Almost like a "Minority Report"-like thing (e.g. the billboards
that recognize you and say "you bought these pants yesterday..."),
but perhaps not that advanced … the ability to interact with
information physically and spatially with our hands on large
screens and surfaces. - Donna Tedesco, Fidelity Investments
Library resources. I'd like to see the creation of a legitimate
academic library with vast resources available on line. I'd
like to see the rare scholarly journals as well as the common
ones come on line. I'd like to see communities of commentators
form around works of literature, art and scholarship in the
kind of stable and secure environment that libraries provide.
By libraries I mean non-profit institutions that have stable
funding for decades on end in the manner of major university
and state libraries in many parts of the world. I also mean
institutions run by professionals who filter the outpouring
of "published" material according to accepted standards, so
that users have a reasonable assurance that what they are getting
is serious and creditable work. - Stanley Chodorow, University
of California at San Diego/Council on Library and Information
I would like to see more people have access to the internet,
particularly in the under-developed countries. Enhanced information
access is the route to empowerment. I think it's important to
come up with a SPAM solution. If not, Spam traffic is going
to kill the internet. I would like to see a major funding project
put in place that would allow anyone to access any publication
in the Library of Congress … the actual contents, including
illustrations. - Robert Lunn, FocalPoint analytics
I would like to see the rise of a consensus that the nation,
indeed, mankind has an interest in the free, unimpeded growth
of this means of human interaction. This means that both the
not-for-profit sector and the for-profit sector need to put
this goal at the top of their list of priorities and do nothing
that will impede it. (I am proposing here the Internet in numerous
instances will propagate more swiftly guided and wielded by
those to whom profit is the motivator but that they will need
to curb their urge to restrict or co-opt by legal or technical
means the growth of the overall network - that this is something
which is in the long-term interest even of those who hope to
profit.) - William B. Pickett, Rose-Hulman Institute of
I am hoping that Tim Berners-Lee is ultimately successful in
developing a semantic Web that understands that connections
between disparate data in ways that really can make the flow
of information as crucial a part of people's everyday experience
as remembering to grab the car keys and wallet. If he pulls
off his dream, the Internet will become a kind of universal
thinking machine, and that prospect is terrific. - Kevin
Featherly, news editor, Healthcare Informatics
Java-enabled people. By this I mean devices implanted in our
bodies that interact with other devices around us; in general,
a networked world, in which most devices are connected to the
internet. - Michael Wollowski, Rose-Hulman Institute of
Presence. The ability to be elsewhere. Some forms of virtual
reality - or at least distance-connectivity; not just the avatars
and hybrids, but deeper, richer connections with old friends
or new contacts - people-based not just machine-generated. Education
is high priority. Not just learning, but also just-in-time knowledge.
Ability to find new ideas and see them, which then extends to
all kinds of applications in health/medicine, business, science,
job performance. - Gary Arlen, Arlen Communications
I am anxious for all of the security concerns related to the
internet to be completely eliminated. I would like to see the
cost of high-speed access fall considerably. I would like to
see the resolution of security concerns and cheap bandwidth;
see more widespread use of personal servers and all of the advantages
that that would offer to small businesses, households and institutions
such as schools. The advent of cheap, ubiquitous, high-bandwidth
wireless will magnify the impact of the internet. - Ezra
Miller, Ibex Consulting, Ottawa, Canada
Communication via entrance to a virtual-reality-style meta-verse.
- Ben Fineman, Internet2
I hope to see as soon as possible that everyone makes a videocall
as easy as picking up the phone now. I think the marriage of
media, entertainment and education that are delivered through
the network on the device of your choice will further develop
people (and therefore mankind) everywhere in the world, not
just the developed countries. The now underdeveloped countries
will skip generations of network and IT technology and quickly
catch up (see the growth of wireless networks in Africa and
India) giving them at least equal chances. - Egon Verharen,
innovation manager, SURFnet (Dutch National Education & Research
First I would hope that the commercialization of the net will
taper off, though I am not so naive as to believe that this
will actually happen. I would like to see the Internet being
used more to affect positive change particularly in terms of
sustained development and conflict resolution, particularly
in the Middle East, and particularly in the framework of the
Israeli Palestinian conflict. I feel that the potential is there
but it has not been harnessed as of yet. - Michael Dahan,
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Greater reliance and adherence to standards allows more people
easier and more efficient methods to publish and share information
and experiences with each other. Commercialization of the Internet
slows so that individuals and social concerns are able to express
their needs and interests without being forced to ''consume''
Internet resources as television and radio has increasingly
done. - Roger Seip, EDS
My dream is that the American population can be more educated
information consumers, more discriminating about what they hear
and believe, and will take personal control of their lives and
choices with less control by centralized media, entertainment,
commerce or government. - Dan Ness, MetaFacts
I am anxious to see a change in copyright law for all concerned.
My dream application would be something that creates access
to all media, library like, regardless of format. Everyone has
access; everyone gets paid. It is in the public interest to
move this way. I think open systems are a good thing. There
should be alternatives. - Sam Punnett, FAD Research
Fully immersive, 3D, alternate reality - portable. A completely
separate and completely virtual world, equally accessible wherever
or whenever you are. It would give a mental ''face'' to the
Internet that would allow people to get a visceral handle on
it. Right now, the average Joe's vision of the Internet is like
the blind men and the elephant - people think that what they
see and use every day is the whole thing. - Mike O'Brien,
The Aerospace Corporation
I am anxious to see a system that will help evolve our democracy.
I have been very hopeful about the way the internet has given
a two way form of communication for citizens with the government.
However, we need to trust the information and infrastructure
more. As far as my dream application- the universal scheduler
to help truly make our lives easier. I also hope to see people
set boundaries with technology so that there are times when
we are ''off.'' - Tiffany Shlain, founder, The Webby Awards
I'd like to see a greater voice for the unheard, more 'channels'
devoted to alternative ideas, and a greater commitment to equitable
distribution of the skills and infrastructure required to fully
participate in the Internet-enabled world of the 21st century.
- Laura Breeden, Education Development Center
Ranking systems that enable people to find content considered
useful by others like themselves will level communications and
learning systems and enable faster, more solid societal development.
- William Stewart, LivingInternet.com
My dream would be to free musicians and music fans from the
clutches of the big five record labels by creating an environment
where musicians and fans can interact with each other in a mutually
respectful way that pays musicians for their work and offers
many listening and purchasing choices to fans … One great promise
of the Internet is to afford musicians a means of distributing
their own music without the censorship, artistic interference
and market stranglehold historically wielded by record companies.
Hopefully, by 2014, many more musicians will be able to avoid
being called, "hey waiter!" - Peter W. Van Ness, Van Ness
A simple, cheap, and effective means to create an entire web
site from scratch without having to learn HTML, Java, Shockwave,
XML, etc. - Graham Lovelace, Lovelacemedia Ltd.
Cross-integration, worldwide, of library and other databases
and reference tools, peer-organized (i.e., not corporate controlled,
but publicly owned), auto-updating and self-repairing. If I
buy a book on Amazon or a music track on iTunes (or whatever),
I want it to be added automatically to my personal library catalog,
without me having to enter this information manually. I want
this catalog to include everything that I own, to be saved automatically
on the net, to be accessible only to myself and those I designate
- and I don't want Microsoft to own the Passport. I want everything
in my personal library to be automatically hyperlinked to the
rest of the world, so that I can jump immediately, and without
configuring anything, from a passage in a printed book that
I own to its electronic representation and on to the manuscript
it references out there in Timbuktu. I was asked to dream, right?
- Albrecht Hofheinz, University of Oslo
I would like to see technology break down the biases and ignorance
barriers people hide behind. The fruits of technology should
make people smarter and morally better. Right now technology
sometimes contributes to stupidity, bigotry, political polarization,
and predation. - John Mahaffie, Leading Futurists LLC
And the following are from predictors who chose to remain
anonymous: [Workplaces of respondents whose reactions are listed
below include the FCC, MSNBC, The Institute for the Future,
EPCOR, Internet2, Microsoft, MIT, FCC, University of Copenhagen,
IBM, Harvard University, Geffen School of Medicine, RAND, Meetup,
U.S. Census Bureau, USA Today, University of California at Berkeley,
Stanford University, Verizon, Juptermedia, Burson-Marstellar,
Future of Music Coalition, Google, Media General, Integrated
Media Association, Bloomberg News, Congressional Budget Office,
University of Maryland, Proteus Foundation, Carnegie Mellon,
BMC, AT&T, University of Minnesota, Advanced Micro Devices,
the Center for Digital Government, CNN and others.]
I am anxious to see new developments in technology that ease
human suffering rather than increase individual and corporate
The biggest issue is one of
control. Forces of centralization are trying to control what
we do online and how we do it. If they succeed, the promise
of the Net will fade into a dim shadow of what could have been.
I assume great technological developments. But people who care
about freedom need to remember that policy gets decided by activists,
and they'll need to work much harder on the political side of
Increased education and opportunity in third world countries
thereby improving the security of everyone.
Widespread civic literacy -
people who understand how to use ICT to improve their face-to-face
communities. A new model for cultural production, with millions
or billions of producers, instead of a few mega-disinfotainment
I'd like to see the Internet deliver the most influential and
advantageous information to the greatest number of people at
the lowest price that would make the most difference in the
state of the world. The Internet as hyperlever.
Independent media, revolution in copyright and intellectual
property laws, more independent applications, open-source software,
integrated technology - i.e.: cellular phone, music player,
camera, ebook reader, web browser, email all in one powerful,
An end to junk e-mail and SPAM.
to reduce traffic congestion and accident rates. e-Democracy
tools that can ensure accurate, hack-proof voting and encourage
non-participants to join in the democratic process so that representation
will be fairer. Better voice-recognition and -emulation tools
and interfaces to make text-to-speech translation and keyboardless
navigation more seamless. Artificial-intelligence agents that
can sort fact from opinion and political speech intuitively,
and serve up completely objective accounts of politicians' activities
and speech, so voters can make more-informed and less-confused
choices. A payment system that allows artists to be adequately
compensated for their work by patrons who are, in turn, allowed
to share culture freely. I could go on, but I need to get back
to the 14 windows I have open on my screen right now!
Secure communication. Note that this is a hope rather than a
Educating the Millennial and Cyber generations equally so that
when they reach a college age they're all smart enough to go,
and after college they can all get good jobs because the educational
system throughout their lives kept pace with technology and
the teachers did as well. No kid should be left behind.
No screens, no keyboards, no stylus, no stinted speech. I want
to be able to ask for something and get it.
I'd like to see a market emerge for solid empirical evidence
about a host of issues that people have to decide on every day.
I'd like to see people becoming more skeptical consumers of
evidence as well.
I'd like to see a global awareness develop around poverty, the
environment and human rights abuse that unites people to develop
A single, portable, wireless device that allows access to all
information sources (data, records, moving image, sound). The
device and its use are inexpensive and easy.
That RSS really becomes the 3rd platform (joining web and email)
on everyone's computer. Ninety percent of regular internet users
visit a handful of content-driven sites the majority of the
time. It does not make sense that we need to seek out information
when it can be sent to us directly (vis RSS) without clogging
Electronic paper in small, flexible and portable format, with
a high enough resolution to display graphics and video, and
with a wireless connection to the Internet. When that occurs,
the distribution side of entire publishing industry will be
turned upside down, much as the film processing industry is
being undermined by digital photography now. Then the full impact
of digital technology on story telling and reporting will really
The easy capture of body data in emerging technologies for a
true consumer-centric healthcare to emerge. See Eric Dishman's
work at Intel.
More at the edge - wireless sensor nets. More portability/ubiquity.
I am anxious to see security solutions deployed to address spam,
viruses and worms. I am looking forward to the deployment of
IP telephony and real-time communications, which will provide
more sophisticated, less expensive and more customizable solutions
for consumers and business.
No applications, just better use of resources to share what
we have throughout the world so that the widening gulf between
haves and have-nots does not continue to increase, with all
the attendant fallout such as wars, hunger and disease that
come from this basic structural social problem.
In education, Internet access is not enough; having the knowledge
and wherewithal to use this tool effectively for education is
imperative. Further, internet access is becoming universal but
the ability to use it productively to learn is still divided
by socio-economic groups.
"Brain amplifier": the integration of computers as a way to
boost human intelligence.
The Video Internet: Video e-mail, telephone, conferencing, publishing,
Cheap, RELIABLE Internet appliances to replace PCs; network
security getting appreciably better, not worse; spam eradicated;
sensible IPR balance between content owners and users.
A centralized authentication database of all copyrights both
privately held and those in the public domain and then a decentralized
competitive licensing structure that truly allows for technical
creativity and competition in the marketplace, circulation of
ideas, art and information while at the same time compensating
Right now, my primary focus is on harnessing the power of computer
and video games to enable new forms of teaching. We see strong
signs that parents and teachers are ready to embrace such technologies
in the classroom, while ironically the resistance is coming
from within the games industry where people are frightened of
the "L word" and unwilling to risk their status as an entertainment
medium to take on new roles.
Celestial jukebox - all media available all the time. Brewster
Kahle's idea of universal access to all human knowlege.
Telepresence, i.e., significant improvements in technology that
enable humans to interact in real time. Images and sound help,
but only the latter is effective in real time. A significant
breakthrough related to video interactions would be important.
I would like to see a much more balanced approach to intellectual
property that enables and encourages creative reuse. I see this
as a policy problem, not a technology problem. Technology favors
the copyright holder, at the moment. I'd like to see automatic
language translation play a role in enabling access to more
worldwide content, particularly to news reporting.
Ease-of-use in deploying and integrating interoperable modules
of Open Source applications that can be used effectively by
organizations without the money to buy experienced technical
support. It is still too hard for most groups to take advantage
of the tools already available. Computer science should figure
out a way to build a Web-oriented software architecture that
allows interoperability, modularization, reuse of code, and
most importantly ease of use.
The expansion of niche audio networks, providing many new formats;
that seems to be coming, although slowly. I would really like
to see the major non-commercial media companies in the world
- the government broadcasters and BBC, CBC, etc. - combine forces
to create a much larger non-commercialized space on the web.
I definitely fear the commercialization of all online services.
I would like to see a substantial expansion in the access to
large databases of news and information for younger students
(Lexis/Nexis, ProQuest, etc.) I think that the search capability
of the Internet, which may be its most powerful attribute, is
severely restricted by current level of access on the part of
the general population (and younger students in particular)
… I would like to see a substantial expansion of high-speed
access in rural areas.
Complete access to all human knowledge.
Digital rights management and legal frameworks.
If there's a dream, it's for more thorough search engines. That's
probably still one of the most primitive exercises being conducted
today in light of the computing power available. Search results
will almost certainly be perfected in the 10 years.
Medicine/healthcare. My dream app would be a device to measure
health on a daily basis and send it to your doctor, providing
an early warning of potentially worrisome issues.
I am most anxious to see a "grand unifier" device for communications
and information use,a device that allows me the to choose the
cheapest or most reliable or most secure network to place a
call; a device that is connected to "the Net" anywhere I go;
a device that is useful for research, writing, communication,
storage, entertainment, commerce; a device that connects me
instantly to my family, screens my calls/messages, alerts me
to needed changes in my schedule, allows me to control appliances
in my house, etc. And, of course, it needs to allow me to track
Cubs games wherever I am as they finally put together a season
that ends in a World Series victory.
Better communications; less wiring; an OS that does not crash.
Way back in the '80s, Apple devised a concept called the Knowledge
Navigator. It featured a human-looking "agent" that managed
appointments, searched for information, provided reminders,
etc. That's my dream application ... something that automates
tasks. You can do it now through macros ... but I am still surprised
how much pointing and clicking or typing I need to do to say
flip through pages in a sequences, or to look for similar files,
Mechanisms to set desired level of spam, more or less credible
information, link statements to facts, verify content.
1) Wireless homes and workplace - the disappearance of the "tangle"
2) Ubiquitous on-demand availability of the entire category
of musical and video products.
The most impactful application would be a browser capable of
accurate and fast on-the-fly language translation of web sites
and data. The depth and breadth of the Internet would then truly
be global - and world-changing.
The biggest things holding back the wider application of the
internet are: 1) solid but practical form of end-user authentication
to reduce fraud and eliminate spam 2) 10-megabit-class, final-mile
connectivity at home.
I would hope to see "big broadband" widely deployed with open
architectures that allow for vigorous competition at the application
and content layers. I fear that instead we will get an oligopoly
with highly constrained access.
A key challenge is the ability to integrate all the information,
all the communication possibilities, into a sustainable lifestyle.
How does the Net produce music for us when we want or need it
rather than produce a constant unbearable noise? How do we avoid
being paralyzed by the choices and opportunities? How can the
world feel simple when we can see its deepest complexities 24/7?
I want to see widespread adoption of IPv6, for security enhancement
purposes. I believe widespread internet telephony (VoIP) will
have tremendous effects, including "all-you-can-use-for-one-price"
telephony, which in turn will destroy most current major telephone
1) Rapid expansion of public health and medical applications.
Tele-medicine could help provide access to specialists … 2)Rapid
and extensive deployment of fiber connections to the home and
office. 3) New user interfaces and display technologies. Voice-
and identity-recognition applications. 4) The "Ask Jeeves" search-engine
concept on super steriods! The ability to search, retrieve and
organize information from multiple, multiple formats (print,
image, audio, video, database) using intelligent filters for
relevance, importance, reliability and validity. 5) Artificial
intelligences in appliances, vehicles, computer software. For
example, I'd love a word processor that worked like a great
copy editor - not simply a spell checker or simple grammar checker.
Or a kitchen appliance that would read all the bar codes of
items in my pantry and refrigerator and recommend innovative
menus, remind about expiration dates and calculate nutritional
values for meals. Perhaps it would even use avatars to walk
through recipes. Or, if activated, I'd like such a device to
answer a question like: "Where are the kids right now?" These
are the sorts of network applications that enhance but also
More news outlets lead to more truth-telling, especially in
government and politics. I would hope that the internet would
allow for healthcare access to all Americans, and that this
technology could help us solve health problems quicker - like
cancer and AIDS.
I would like to see a more global equality with regard to connectivity.
Still, large parts of the world are not connected, or at ridiculously
low dial-up speeds and/or horrendous prices. We cannot talk
about a global village until we get closer to that.
Organization of personal information. Reducing information overload
and IT-related stress. Improvements in usability and comprehensibility
of ICT. Transformation of health care. Improvement in quality
of life for the elderly. Penetration of ICT into the developing
There must be a way, without violating civil liberties, of finding
hackers, cyber terrorists and others who are criminal in nature.
If the Internet can detect where the bad guys are, it can be
a safer world and a safer Internet.
Free and unrestricted access for all humans in all countries.
Return to the principals of the computer inquires of an open
physical communications network open to all. Provision of true
broadband at realistic prices. Recognition of and restraint
of significant market power.
My dreams are: universal access on a par with water and electricity
as a public service; a variety of multimodal interfaces, including
speech/sound, that will enable non- or semi-literate individuals
to communicate in more social contexts.
Developing effective and acceptable boundaries between home
and work life.
I would like to see it become a bit easier for ordinary, non-technically
empowered folks to start on-line organizations ala open source.
We see the beginnings of this in the ability to start your own
mailing list, etc., but it would be nice to see more powerful
I want my digital life accessible, wherever I happen to be,
without lugging around a lot of machines and wires.
Converged devices are a dream. I would love one phone/PDA that
can get 2-4 lines, do e-mail (GPRS and real time), Wi-Fi, has
Blue-tooth, IM, and video - and fits in my shirt pocket and
does not cost more than $300.
More citizen engagement in public policy debates and formulation;
more precise searching capabilities. Path-breaking: for Internet
devices to be greatly enhanced so that connections are consistently
available, devices are truly easy to operate, and offered at
low costs. If that happens, all manner of content follows.
I would like to see greater WiFi access and faster WiFi. I would
like to see more and better networking options, especially at
home. I would like to see an easier way to link up television,
computer, DVD, cell phone, internet all together.
Device proliferation with always-on connection to the Internet.
Specialized devices that serve any and every human need.
Easy interfaces for handheld devices that create pervasive access
Proper ad models for online publications. User acceptance that
content costs money. Functional, spam-free e-mail systems. E-voting.
Reduced network access costs, and firm anti-oligarchic regulations
designed to prevent another regulatory mess, ala cable TV. Better
integration of open standards like MP3. Microsoft finally matched
in its monopoly. AOL sidelined by superior technology.
Driving down of the cost of health care and widening of its
availability. Adoption of the 'net as the conveyor of written
material in a format that resembles the page. Convergence of
communications capabilities into a single device that enables
wireless audio-, video-, data- and voice-transmission and reception.
I would be anxious to see the Internet facilitate voting in
elections and energizing the electorate to be more participatory.
Unfortunately, voter turnout, or the lack thereof, is not a
Using the Internet to allow people of the world to interact
with each other instead of being disembodied stereotypes. Unfortunately
corporate and government control will never allow free access.
I want the social force and interface power of Google to outstrip
all firewalls and proprietary systems, to make more works accessible
to all. Yet I don't want that much power concentrated in such
a central location like Google, so I really look to the Semantic
Web and XML to provide metadata that will enable many kinds
of powerful searching outside of Google, or perhaps by those
using Google tools to mine data for their own ends. I don't
yet fear Google, but I could … I'm also antsy for text-based
tools like RSS and Atom, which are so powerful, to work for
interactive media artifacts as well: audio, video, Flash. Right
now the power of text-based interfaces is actually discouraging
higher-bandwidth forms of communication … Usability is getting
far too rule-based, prescriptive, and entrenched. The move toward
CSS-template-driven content-management systems was welcome and
empowering, but we've lost as much as we've gained, in creativity,
in bandwidth-sucking bells and whistles, and in interactivity.
I would like to have the data about me in a virtual passport
that I control and that I can choose who is allowed to see what
specific information I choose within that passport. I would
like to have my home - the appliances, lights, vehicles wired
and knowing me and my preferences. I am interested in how nanotechnology
is going to impact the products we buy today, the healthcare
advances that we will be able to see and the new products that
will be created through nanotech applications.
I'd like to see EVERYONE in the world have access to the internet.
There is so much information and knowledge out there that could
help developing countries. Email makes it so easy to stay in
touch with friends and family, no matter where you or they are.
Time zones don't matter, no phone bills to pay, you can even
send video mail if you want to SEE as well as talk. I hope our
educators are able to use the internet to reach students all
across the country, sharing information and knowledge - no more
geographic boundaries, anyone can learn about anything, no matter
where they are. I'd like information-sharing amongst scientists
to continue - especially in areas like weather and medicine.
Learning to control the weather, mitigating damage from hurricanes,
and collaborating on research to cure cancer, nicotine addiction,
obesity, mental illness ... I also hope that, by sharing information
about each other all around the world, people from all cultures
can better-understand each other, and we learn to live and let
live. Basically, I think the internet can help mankind to make
our world a better place.