The British public are an optimistic lot. Most of us think technology is going to transform our lives radically over the next few years according to a new survey from Cisco – even if some of the opinions are eyebrow-raising.
According to the report, Connected Conversations, 61 percent of us think that we'll be able to conduct all work meetings by videoconferencing by the end of this year. Earlier this year, an IDC survey revealed that not only did few companies have videoconferencing installed – about half the companies had no plans to roll out the technology It's no surprise to see this featured in a Cisco survey – the company has been making grand claims about the video market for some time now
It's not just video that inspires optimism, the survey revealed that 68 percent of the British public thought that we'd be voting online in the next General Election – even though there's been no trial of online voting and it's a subject that's not really been discussed.
On the other hand, some of the estimates seem to take little account of reality. According to the survey, 65 percent of us think we're going to have a 100Mbps connection to our homes by 2015, scarcely a radical thought given that Virgin Media expects a 100Mbps service to be available by the end of the year and is already running trials of a 200Mbps service - but it remains to be seen how ubiquitous that service is.
Part of the optimism is the way that technology has already transformed the way we work now. The Cisco report also looks at the last 25 years and the changes engendered by the technology, in particular the digitisation of Britain.
Acording to Cisco's Phil Smith, CEO of UK and Ireland, "In the last 25 years, access to the latest technology has moved from being a closed specialism for the knowledgeable few to become an open and collaborative fabric of modern society. As such, tech-savvy consumers have wrenched control away from the organisational IT departments and are now shaping the future development of technology in British society."