Whenever one pulls out their crystal ball to see what the future may hold for information (in society, business, and our personal lives) it is relatively easy to reference the “usual suspects.” These include more mobile device applications, the “Internet of Things (IoT)” via machine-to-machine sensors, and an electronic wallet (like a highway toll EZPass). But it's time to get ready for so much more.
My belief is that a good way to view what the future holds is to examine it from the position of the individual. People will increasingly want personalization. They will want what they choose to want -- and not necessarily what someone thinks they want. That is, they will want to customize their relationship with information to their personal preferences. The Millennials, born roughly between 1985 and 2005, seem to be leading this charge.
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