"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
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The internet of tomorrow
We will be online all the time.
Avoid the Dark Side!
We must evolve without becoming the Borg!
Death of Nations
Nations will be superceded/replaced politically by communual-based blocs of multinational citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 10-billion-person organization
People will have an incredible amount of job flexibility, and they will take advantage of working for anyone anywhere.
Big Brother is watching. When good encryption is made standard, we will have free speech again.
All human knowledge will be at our fingertips.
Everybody is in the hall!
We will all live (interact) in the same big room.
Remarkable, dangerous progress...
Seamless and unbound by mankind's self-imposed limitations.
Intelligent internet life will roam freely
In the future, intelligent programs will roam the internet, like a life form in its own environment.
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.
Any to Any
Within 10 years, you will be able to get any content on any device anywhere.
Faking Sick Won't Work Anymore
Students who are sick will be required to attend class through a webcam.
External facts and logic part of our brains will greatly improve - Super-smart humans
Direct deposit of information to our minds - no need for extraneous consumption of details.
The fall of the Dow Jones, the rise of the World Jones.
We will be trapped in a spiderweb.
The Silicon Ceiling
A more Internet-connected society will reduce and possibly remove many of the factors that allow people to be singled out.
With RFID, digital medical records, nanotech, biotech, web-services and GPS the ability exists to be "chipped" and "tracked." Privacy and freedom could be threatened. We must be wary.
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