"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 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.
There is a great need for balance
Quality and new communication methods are necessary to cope in the new world. Everything will undergo change.
It is the Ultimate Entertainment Hub
The Internet is the Entertainment Center for the future.
Secure Communications for the U.S. Military
Secure, robust, multi-level security communications pathways allow minimal forward footprint in theater.
Securing personal property
Securing and monitoring personal property and family will be accomplished remotely.
Standards and Meta-Data are the next big revolution
Standards and meta-data will govern information sharing and provide a backbone for new methods of human interaction.
Our 'Last Best Hope'?
If the Net can manage to sidestep falling into total corporate control, it may be the only glue that can hold us together.
Space Travel and Living Forever
Human consciousness will be encoded.
The future of communication is already here
Video phones will access people's at-home boxes within five years.
The teaching of cyber ethics is vital!
There is and will be a need for the teaching of "cyberethics" in our K-12 school system.
Moral values are not advanced by the internet
More internet use will lead to low socialization and a diminishment of society.
Nero fiddles while Rome burns
People will become hermits; they will no longer need the social structure of housing developments/gathering at the well to share information. There will be a lack of original thought as people coopt ideas of others.
INTERNET FREE : It is our RIGHT
The people can't stop the use of the internet in everything. It shall be free, fast and everywhere. It shall be a natural right!
There are plenty of disadvantages to the internet
Has technology been worth all of the trouble it is causing? Probably not.
Easy ride in the business
Economy and business more diffused in the emergent countries.
Who's who in the virtual world
Virtuality could take over!
Much more data traffic & speed: "Matrix" scenario likely
Fiber optic everywhere; giant home-user networking.
Information enabling and content as data
Data streams will merge and content will be plucked out of the data flow as needed, when needed... but tracking will be omnipresent.
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