A Selection of Compelling Contributions

"Irrelevent, underused, the mind is the next network." - Val

"The internet and the information age will restructure our society fundamentally." - Rick Fleck

"The internet will transport us to any location we'd like, regardless of our geographical location." - Deb

"Human consciousness will be encoded. Space travel is as simple as beaming out copies of your consciousness. Cloning won't be a problem; copying your brain will." - Stuart

"The capabilities of the internet will allow for experiences so close to real life that people will forget to live." - Raquel

"A smaller world makes for a cheap labor market." - Eric Hamilton

"More internet use will lead to low socialization and a diminishment of society." - Robert Taylor

"With increased visibility and communication, the corrupt will no longer be able to hide or enjoy their ill-gotten wealth." - Ashfaq Tunio

"Humans will evolve into a species with embedded devices that allow us to communicate." - Dan Geile

"Metaphysical implications of online communications will force our American community to address the fault lines in our culture." - Lyandra

"We will have the technology to implant the internet directly into our brains. This opens up new terrifying realities for hacking." - Jamie Boyd

"There will be a lack of original thought as people co-opt ideas of others." - PMD

"Intelligent programs will roam the internet, like a life form in its own environment." - Jeffrey Baker

"The successful implantation of some sort of "nano-bio-whatchamacallit" might herald in [a] new era." - Nicholas Compton

"We must evolve without becoming the Borg!" - Bob Gawecki

"The internet will extrapolate … dimensions…??We will be able to get in touch with our relatives, our friends and other people who had passed away." - Marco Veado

"It will forge entirely new types of thinkers, whose kaleidoscopic manipulation of digital media will culminate in an explosive proliferation of innovative discoveries." - Kim Vonder Haar

Voices of the people

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Your Submissions

There is no such thing as privacy
Anonymity is important, but it can lead to trouble.  4/11/2005

Home users will find many benefits
What a regular person will soon use the internet for - housesitting, medical diagnoses, video phoning.  4/10/2005

Internet 24/7
A more powerful Internet will dominate the future.  4/4/2005

Internet vs. Reality
Is the Internet going to take the place of reality?  4/4/2005

The internet of tomorrow
We will be online all the time.  4/4/2005

Avoid the Dark Side!
We must evolve without becoming the Borg!  3/19/2005

Death of Nations
Nations will be superceded/replaced politically by communual-based blocs of multinational citizens.  3/16/2005

All Reality Is Hyper-Reality
As GUIs become more interactive and eventually integrate with our physical bodies (think bionic ear), the distinctions between reality and virtual reality will be lost.  3/8/2005

Recombinant Knowledge - Human Intelligence Cedes to Networked Extelligence
Networked extelligence will replace or supercede learned intelligence — in other words, we may not know, but we will know how to know.  3/6/2005

Are We Headed for an Anti-Social World?
Without the need to leave the house, will people bother? If computers can do everything and communication is easy, we will become lazy and anti-social.  3/3/2005

There will be less corruption
With increased visibility and communication, the corrupt will no longer be able to hide or enjoy their ill-gotten wealth.  2/22/2005

The 10-billion-person organization
People will have an incredible amount of job flexibility, and they will take advantage of working for anyone anywhere.  2/22/2005

Private communication
Big Brother is watching. When good encryption is made standard, we will have free speech again.  2/21/2005

Universal accessibility
All human knowledge will be at our fingertips.  2/20/2005

Everybody is in the hall!
We will all live (interact) in the same big room.  2/11/2005

Remarkable, dangerous progress...
Seamless and unbound by mankind's self-imposed limitations.  2/10/2005

Intelligent internet life will roam freely
In the future, intelligent programs will roam the internet, like a life form in its own environment.  2/4/2005

What is next after laptop technology?
Once the general public is content with laptop technology, head-visors will be the replacement,providing an easier means to talk and chew at the same time.  2/2/2005

Any to Any
Within 10 years, you will be able to get any content on any device anywhere.  2/1/2005

Faking Sick Won't Work Anymore
Students who are sick will be required to attend class through a webcam.  1/30/2005

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