The future of our networked society

This week, I found myself inspired by the video “On the Brink” and as soon as I watched it, I wanted to share it with my #Shift readers. It explores the rapid change we are all in the midst of and a part of, and how technology now enables humans to more fully actualize what we truly are. This new, networked society is intelligent, connected and powerful and is challenging business models by tearing down what exists to build something new. The video also addresses the development of virtual worlds in education and medicine and how these are becoming more accessible, asserting that younger generations will soon come to expect to play and communicate and even financially transact virtually. Here are just a few of the ways behaviors have already changed in our networked society:

  • 57% talk more online than in real life
  • 48% of 18-34 year olds check Facebook first thing in the morning
  • 1 out of 6 married couples met online
  • By 2014, mobile internet usage will take over desktop usage

Don’t miss “On the Brink,” a series of interviews with pioneers who are leading this movement, including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, co-founder of Soundcloud.

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