The future of information technology is changing at an accelerating pace, with new and exciting technologies coming to the market at a fast pace.
The growth of the internet has been so rapid and so pervasive that even a couple of decades ago, we had no idea how quickly things would change, said Ralf Möller, director of the University of Hamburg’s Center for Information Systems Research.
“But now we are so fast in the world of technology that it’s quite surprising,” he told DW.
Möller said the internet, with its ability to send information to anyone anywhere, is one of the biggest disruptions in the global economy, with the world’s population expected to increase by almost 40 million people between now and 2050.
“The world is moving in this direction in a huge way, because the internet and the information that it provides, the internet allows for massive growth of people and organizations,” he said.
Morrow, who led a team of researchers who analysed the internet in 2050, said the world is in a unique moment where the information technology industry is becoming more powerful, and the impact of this will be felt for decades to come.
“We need to have a more clear understanding of how much power we’re going to have over the internet for decades, and how big an impact that will have,” he explained.
He said that this power has been passed onto the companies that manage and manage the internet through their own IT teams.
“They need to be aware that this is happening,” he added.
Mortimer is optimistic that the future of the world will be a more open and democratic place, with more freedom of information.
“The fact that the internet can be used to communicate is not a bad thing,” he stressed.
“It is something that the state should be able to control, and control well.”
Morrow said that although the internet is a good thing for the people, there is no way to know whether this will continue.
“We cannot predict what will happen when the internet moves to the public sphere,” he argued.
Møller said that the world needs to be vigilant and take action if they do not want the internet to become a more dangerous and repressive place.
“If you have a good and democratic society, you have to be able in that society to stop this kind of stuff, to control it, and not to allow it to grow,” he continued.
“You need to ensure that you have laws in place to prevent this kind.
You need to regulate this.
And you need to make sure that this kind has a long term impact.”
Möllers group of researchers also looked at information technology in a country in Africa, where there are many problems with information systems.
“In a country like Kenya, there are very high levels of unemployment, there’s a lot of corruption, and you have the problem of information sharing, where people are not able to know if the information they receive is accurate, or not,” he pointed out.
In the future, information technology will be an important part of many people’s lives, and will have huge impact on the global economies.
“People will have more and more control over their lives and their data, but there is going to be an increase in control over what they see on the internet,” Möllers said.