"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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Individual Fine Tuning
The world will be closer to individual needs.
Going beyond global capitalism
Open Source collaboration over the Internet will bring us to a society beyond global capitalism: a society based on cooperation and sharing instead of this day's inhumane competition.
Paradox, Dilemma, Predicament
Everything is far more complex than people can understand or imagine.
The way we will interact with the World
Computers are bound to change in a fundamental way!
Alternative reality... a new kind of life/lifeform.
Information ATMs grow: e-library, e-transit, e-health cards
ATM-like personal-information-management tools will reach consumers to handle information, money transactions and personal-profile security
Collaboration = survival
Bringin' net activism to the barrio/hood
Artificial Intelligence will become dominant
The Internet of the future will rely upon and eventually be artificial intelligence.
Objects on demand revolutionize production
3D object printers and online objects will revolutionise small-scale manufacturing and enable home creations
Nothing special will happen
New and amazing words - internet, e-commerce, broadband, interactivity, etc. - occur, but some years later it'll be only one communication channel among the others.
Everybody is a developer
Technology goes towards the fusion of internet and tablet PCs.
Most predictions re: Internet impact will be wrong
No clue - It's like trying to predict the impact of the steam engine 5 or 10 years after it was invented.
Inevitable Internet Country and Context Walls
In the very near future, Internet country and context walls will be raised among countries.
Our Complex Society
The U.S. will continue to dominate Cyberspace for decades/generations to come.
Free resources for everyone
Broadband P2P opens gates for informational and also some kinds of material resources.
File-sharing embraced - the new, paid-distribution channel
Copyrighted materials will be sent from user to user and paid for monthly in your ISP bill.
The age of interruption
We have entered an age of interruption - where our tools and behavior allow us to interrupt, and be interrupted.
The Internet is Experiencing the Rebound Effect
The Internet was a "bleeding-edge" technology in the 1990s and will be financially successful "mainstream" technology in the 2000s.
Peace, Harmony, and Lara Croft
More and more of us will be communicating across cultural boundaries, but the chances of world peace accidentally breaking out are slim.
Free Coffee For EVERYONE!
Today we download files ... tomorrow we will download hot coffee!
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