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Experts Agree The Internet Will Make Us Smarter

Pew looks at the future of the Internet

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Internet Center at Elon University teamed up to survey 895 experts about the future of the Internet and its affect on human intelligence.

Janna-Anderson.jpg "Three out of four experts said our use of the Internet enhances and augments human intelligence, and two-thirds said use of the Internet has improved reading, writing and rendering of knowledge," said Janna Anderson, study co-author and director of the Imagining the Internet Center.

"There are still many people, however, who are critics of the impact of Google, Wikipedia and other online tools."

Two-thirds of those surveyed said reading and writing skills and the rendering of knowledge will be improved by 2020 due to the influence of the Internet.

Eighty percent of the experts agreed that "hot gadgets and applications that will capture the imagination of users in 2020 will often come ‘out of the blue."’

The experts were fairly divided on whether anonymous online activity will exist in 2020, with nearly 40 percent predicting that anonymous Internet users will have their access sharply decreased.

"The privacy and civil liberties battles over the next decade will increasingly focus on the growing demands for identity credentials," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

"New systems for authentication will bring new problems, as more identity information will create new opportunities for criminals."

On the issue of an open Internet in the future, nearly two-thirds said the Internet will remain as its founder envisioned.

More than a third chose to agree with the statement "the Internet will mostly become a technology where intermediary institutions that control the architecture and content will be successful in gaining the right to manage information and the method by which people access it."
 

Experts Agree The Internet Will Make Us Smarter
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  • http://www.clicksweeper.com Jennifer

    Interesting conclusion. Plenty of grammar sticklers think the internet actually degrades written language. Increased access to written language doesn’t necessarily make us better readers or writers, especially since so much internet content is unmoderated and barely coherent. I’m also not convinced that the internet raises our intelligence (ADD tendencies, yes, but intelligence?).

  • http://workhomeunion.com WorkHomeUnion

    You can call us pseudo writers but if you’re writing on the Internet consistently and you are making money from your articles, it can’t help but enhance your writing skills. WHU, aka taskeinc, has been writing on the web for the past couple of years and there definitely has been some improvement in the area of writing. It’s also inevitable that one’s reading skills will get better because if you’re consistently on the Internet, that’s pretty much all you’re doing is reading and writing/typing.

  • http://www.mybizsoftware.net Shay

    The internet wil make “some” more intelligent. 3rd world countries, China – no it wont. Most people use the internet for social media and entertainment – so not there either.

    It will be a great augmentation tool – why remember something when you can look it up? And if you need to know somehting it is quick and easy to find stuff out. Just need to make sure the info that is collated is written by authorative sources.

    I see the internet as being similar to the Easter Island heads. A lot of time, energy and resources will go into it – just for no real return when you run out of food or something else important. And yes – I am from the future.

  • http://habbobroadcast.com/forums/member.php?u=7499 Melisa Guterriez

    Lovely just what I was looking for.Thanks to the writer for taking his time on this one.

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