Thanks to Google and Facebook, politics will get very personal.
Why were the elections of 2012 so much like those in 1952?
With its telephone-based polls of homemakers, politicians stumping on the campaign trail, and the looming threat of hanging chads from paper ballots, the 2012 rumble between Romney and Obama felt almost archaic.
That's all about to change, however. Futurists, technology visionaries and science fiction authors posit some tremendous change, such that the election of 2020 -- just eight short years off -- will be largely unlike today's.
From campaigning to polling to the process of voting itself, the election 2020 will be different. No, we won't have mind-controlled ballots or eyeball scanners for security. But we could have Facebook.
"Everyday, cheap technologies-digital cameras-could form the basis for a relatively inexpensive system of voter identification," wrote Charles Stewart III, a political scientist with MIT and a member of the Caltech / MIT Voting Technology Project. A Facebook of sorts, in other words, with the actual faces of voters and maintained by individual states to verify a person's identity.