I had the opportunity to hear Jonathan Zittrain speak at the recent Gartner Symposium. He wrote about the future of the internet in a book called The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It and I have to say it is a very thought provoking book.
When he spoke at the symposium he showed us a future where the huge leverage possible by the low cost of the internet can bring some unexpected things into our future. He gave an example in his presentation where a government(or any group) could identify the names of people in pictures by creating a game on the internet to map names to pictures. A government might have a huge database of passport photos and it is possible to create a game on the internet where people around the world help map the passport photos to the pictures of the crowd. I hadn't seen that one coming but it is obvious now. Kids games on the internet could be doing work for companies, groups or countries.
I'm about 1/2 way through the book and so far he is talking about the likelihood that consumers will shift back towards move controlled appliances (iPhone/iPad) and away from the more open PCs because they are getting tired of the risks of such open platforms. The open nature of the internet makes it too easy for bad things to happen to good endpoints. So we will start using closed endpoints more in the future.
Lots of interesting things to think about.
If you haven't changed your passwords on your accounts recently, it is time.