Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Study says technology could transform society

flip phillips tweeted a link to a piece entitled study says technology could transform society, published in the New York Times in 1982. This is the year I first sent and received email on a micro-vax computer, bought by the Physics Department to run Stephen Wolfram's SMP computer algebra system. Substitute the internet for teletext and videotex and it is impressive how much predicted by the Institute for the Future has come to pass. Here are two of the (revised) predictions:
[The internet will] create opportunities for individuals to exercise much greater choice over the information available to them. Individuals may be able to use [the internet] to create their own newspapers, design their own curricula, compile their own consumer guides.
[The internet] might mean the end of the twoparty system, as networks of voters band together to support a variety of slates—maybe hundreds of them.

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