Technology experts envision a future with "smart" devices that make home systems, appliances and utilities work more efficiently. But many believe we still won't be living in the "Homes of the Future" by 2020. These developments will take time. The costs and infrastructure changes to make it all work are daunting.
Interactive games that reward participants with points, badges and discounts are on the rise. Experts believe they will spread widely to key areas, such as education and health by 2020. Others worry about a darker side.
Tech experts believe that by 2020 many consumers will have embraced smart-device swiping for purchases, but some suspect financial companies will slow down the trend.
Technology experts generally believe the mobile revolution, the popularity of targeted apps, the monetization of online products and services, and innovations in cloud computing will drive Web evolution.
While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some constantly-connected teens and young adults will lack a deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected.
Technology experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people -- the ‘digital natives’ who are known for enthusiastically embracing social networking and other online tools -- will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities.
The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts. Email, social networks, and other online tools offer low friction opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people's lives and lower traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time.
Technology experts and stakeholders say they expect internet users will ‘live mostly in the cloud’ in 2020 and not on the desktop, working through cyberspace-based applications accessed through networked devices.
Technology experts and stakeholders are divided over whether a world in which software agents carry out sophisticated tasks for users is on the immediate horizon.