"By 2020, the Internet could reach the far ends of the world, a population of Luddites could refuse to adopt new technology and choose to disconnect from the Internet, and humans could become the pets of robots, technology experts predicted in a survey released Sunday.
The study was commissioned by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a Washington nonprofit group that studies the impact of the Internet, and carried out by Elon University. It found that most technology luminaries from around the world expect Internet access to broaden and become widespread in developing countries.
But the experts disagree on how the Internet might influence our lives: Of the 742 respondents, 58 percent are concerned that "refuseniks" could become disenchanted with technology and commit terrorist acts against it. And 42 percent fear that humans could lose control of technology, potentially in much the same manner as in the movie "The Matrix."
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