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Web Killed TV, Hard Cash, CDs & Landline To Disappear : How Britons See Future Of Technology By 2025

MSN UK polled more than 100,000 UK citizens in one of the largest projects of its kind to find out how they envision the future of technology over the next 15 years. The resulting document called the "Pulse Of the Nation" reveals a lot about the expectations and fears of the UK population.

The exercise, which was carried out as MSN marked its 15th Birthday, reveals how the technological landscape of the country might change by 2025. More than half of Brits believe that 4D - the inclusion of physical effects - will be introduced by game developers.

It also emerged that a third of those polled thought that physical cash and media such as Blu-ray and USB drives would be obsolete by 2025, disappearing just like CRT televisions, magnetic tape and floppy disks.

Even more puzzling is the belief, according to 35 per cent of Brits that landline telephones would no longer exist by 2025, something that may happen sooner than expected because of the convergence of data and voice which means that your broadband line (like Virgin Media's fibre network) could turn into a phone line.

The survey also found out that 40 per cent of those polled think that there would be less British programmes by 2025 if the BBC TV Licence were to be abolished, something that's perfectly plausible given that a quarter of Brits think that the TV will be dead by then and traditional TV will be superseded by internet viewing.

You can read the rest of the rather outlandish predictions here. MSN was launched at the same time as Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows is already 25 years old.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.