2020 could see the end of online versus offline. “The membrane between the online world and the offline will effectively disappear, as continuously connected devices fully disappear into our pockets, clothing, our jewelry, our selves,”
Glen Hiemstra, of Futurist.com, in “8 Unexpected Ways Technology Will Change The World By 2020”
“We will not think of two different worlds … but instead see simply a fully integrated life.”
I sometimes feel like I have a duality problem. I love being hyper-connected, I love the “quantified self”, and I love sharing. At the same time my wife and I try to remember to “put down the phones and just talk”, often by leaving them in another room when we’re reading, eating dinner, etc. Convergence of offline and online will bring about amazing things (IMHO), but the downside is that you will have to actually actively do work (unplug, silence notifications, etc.) to just relax and read a book.