Hurtling heedlessly towards a more connected world.
Smartphones, netbooks, tablets and other "always-on" devices are rapidly changing the face of the Internet and human society. Professor Manuel Castells, a former advisor to the president, believes that mobile web users will outnumber desktop web users by 2014. Castells credited the growth of social networking for much of the change.
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Professor Castells added that he believed the world would see "quasi-universal coverage of internet access as my generation fades away". We've only seen the tip of the social networking iceberg so far. People will continue to create new ways to communicate as coverage improves and equipment becomes more ubiquitous.
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The Internet feeds off our desire for social interaction with other people. It's hard to see how mankind couldn't benefit from a more connected world. Castells predictions sound pretty positive from where I'm sitting.