4.22.2006

2016: Pervasive Internet Immerses Humanity

From Red Herring, a vision of the world in ten years that will make all geeks happy. Pervasive Internet will create a kind of borg/cylon culture, where we are plugged in at all times.

The barriers between our bodies and the Internet will blur as will those between the real world and virtual reality.

Today’s devices will disappear. Electronics will instead be embedded in our environment, woven into our clothing, and written directly to our retinas from eyeglasses and contact lenses, predicts inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil. “Devices will no longer be spokes on the Internet—they will be the nodes themselves,” he says.


FutureWire loooks at the report from 2016 here and promises
a future Internet in which we are the devices and nodes, thanks to wireless implants... with connection speeds of 100 megabits per second, a loss of distinction between types of media (everything is a mashup), and a blurring of the line between the real world and virtual reality.


How long before a pervasive internet which links thoughts/words 24 hours a day leads to a "collective consciousness" or a hive mind or even worse, a dark Borg future?

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