Being connected will mean very different things to different people, largely because the problems they have to solve differ so dramatically.
Connectivity will not solve income inequality, though it will alleviate some of its more intractable causes, like lack of available education and economic opportunity.
Centralizing the many moving parts of one’s life into an easy-to-use, almost intuitive system of information management and decision making will give our interaction with technology an effortless feel.
There have been a series of exciting breakthroughs in thought-controlled motion technology – directing motion by thinking alone – in the past few years.
Fewer jobs require a physical presence; talented individuals will have more options available to them.
Skilled young adults in Uruguay will find themselves competing for certain types of jobs against their counterparts in Orange County.
Of course, just as not all jobs can or will be automated in the future, not every job can be conducted from a distance – but more can than you might think.
The open-source movement around the world continues to gain speed.
For governments and companies it is low cost, and for contributors, the benefits are in recognition and economic opportunities to improve and enlarge the support ecosystems.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will become the focus in many school systems as ubiquitous digital-knowledge tools, like the more accurate sections of Wikipedia, reduce the importance of rote memorization.