How We'll Look Back on the Internet in 2068

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The Citizen's Guide to the Future
April 17 2013 5:05 PM

How We'll Look Back on the Internet in 2068

In the faux-documentary above, British humor site The Poke presents an optimistic vision of the future in which humankind has managed to break free from the shackles of YouTube cat videos, Flash plug-in crashes, and even, somehow, the Daily Mail Online.

One grizzled survivor recalls the time, around 2017, when the Internet crisis hit its nadir: "Once high-speed broadband reached the rural areas, the farmers just stopped producing food."

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In related news, Google announced today that it plans to build its next super-fast fiber-optic network in Provo, Utah, where it can't do much damage.

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Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer.

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