Pew researchers surveyed more than 1,000 Internet activists, journalists, and technologists about their expectations of technology in the future. One of the startling conclusions was that many people seem to believe keyboards will become rare by 2012. That seems far-fetched considering there's simply no other way to quickly and comfortable enter large amounts of text. DRM is also expected to die, and cell phones will flourish as the primary Internet connection device for most people.
Step aside, keyboards, laptops, and 9-to-5 jobs. A survey of more than 1,000 Internet activists, journalists, and technologists released Sunday speculates that by 2012, those quaint relics of 20th century life will fade away.
Lee Rainie and the other Pew researchers asked their survey respondents to respond to a series of questions about 2020 future scenarios, including whether the mobile phone will be the "primary" Internet connection (most agreed), whether copy protection will flourish (most disagreed), and whether transparency "heightens individual integrity and forgiveness (evenly split).