Friday, January 14, 2005

The Future of the Internet According to ?

This survey, sponsored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and conducted by
Princeton Survey Research Associates International, obtained online interviews with a
non-random sample of 1,286 internet users.

Point of Interest to education:

57% agreed that virtual classes will become more widespread in formal
education and that students might at least occasionally be grouped with others who
share their interests and skills, rather than by age.
56% of them agreed that as telecommuting and home-schooling expand, the
boundary between work and leisure will diminish and family dynamics will change
because of that.

We in eLearning tend to work on projects with these 2 points as in firm belief, but 57 and 56% are not big margins to invest and believe in the future with...

Some particularly interesting quotes I thought:
“Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy. The Net will wear away institutions that have
forgotten how to sound human and how to engage in conversation”

“The next decade should see the development of a more thoughtful internet. We've
had the blood rush to the head, we've had the hangover from that blood rush; this
next decade is the rethink.”

“Health care is approximately 10 years behind other endeavors in being transformed,
and will experience its boom in the next 10 years.”

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