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Where the Internet of Things Could Take Society By 2025

Artist's representation of the anticipated pervasiveness of the Internet of Things.

A report released this week predicts the Internet of Things will have "widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025."

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The Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center on Wednesday released a report predicting how the Internet of Things (IoT) will shape society through 2025. Among the more than 1,600 experts cited, 83 percent said the IoT would have "widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025."

The report says both the IoT and wearable computing will advance significantly over the next 11 years, but warns privacy concerns will rise due to a surge in the volume of data gathered by connected devices and resulting growth of profiling.

Also by 2025, most people will not take advantage of progress in information interfaces by connecting their brains to the IoT, the report says.

Experts believe the IoT will have complex, unintended consequences, and could increase the digital divide. In addition, the report predicts responses to the IoT will alter human relationships.

Although the popularity of Google Glass over the next decade remains to be seen, the idea of a device that overlays information onto the physical world will remain, says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's David Clark.

People will use coordinated appliances in conjunction with the scannable physical world, says ACM president Vint Cerf, who cautions that these appliances will be vulnerable to hostile takeover.

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