Imagine your life without internet and mobile access. Sure, it’s possible, but at his stage is just inconvenient. Work, internet, and all kinds of data are integrated into this phenomenon so firmly, that it is hard to believe that the internet is going to change.
It is very likely that, in the future, the speed with which we can download and upload data will be nearly incomparably faster to what we have now. Mind you, the quality of pictures and videos has also improved, not to mention different kinds of formats. While the internet may become faster, we will certainly demand more complex duties to be performed.
This high speed will allow users to play incredibly elaborate online games and stream doing so directly without needing special gear and solid financial investments. The everyman will thrive in the future.
Jobs and Education
There are now jobs that didn’t exist a few decades ago. Logic dictates that this will continue to happen at a more rapid pace. Countries with a high unemployment rate are going to have people working online to manage their income. These job opportunities will also require a change in education.
In order to keep up with the market, people will be required to keep learning new skills and how to operate new systems. This will also open up a market in e-education, with affordable learning of new languages, coding, processes connected to a specific occupation, and so on. Job training will become much more accessible to average users.
More Legislation and More Control
So far, many companies have managed to fly under the radar with the treatment of people’s data or to get away with some pretty shady actions with a slap on the wrist. The future promises to give us more regulations regarding protecting our privacy and what the companies can and can’t do with our data. Manipulating people’s personal information may become a thing of the past, or at least heavily reduced.
However, as much as this is a good thing, we can’t help but feel that more regulations also means more control, which is a great way to censor certain political ideas and parties. China is known for its censorship, as are some countries in Africa. Imagine if Europe and the US had to face the same problem.
It is also possible, but hopefully, unlikely, that, with the political climate being what it is and the misunderstanding of the idea of progress, people’s opinions online may be censored due to the misconstruction of the intent of the speaker. In other words, there will be more overzealous people ready to argue about hate speech to the point of tuning out their opponents.
Global Economy and Politics
On the global level, people’s lives will continue to improve with the opportunities the internet provides. More jobs, more entertainment, bigger spending power, stronger connections to isolated areas, and the boomers failing to keep up with the technology means that the world is about to become much noisier and more alive.
There will also be a larger degree of freedom of thought for the netizens to enjoy. With the availability of information out there, indoctrinating a person becomes a much harder task.
Sadly, this works both ways, so we are likely to come across some very bizarre conspiracy theories and movements, as well. Think anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers, but weirder.