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

Your Predictions Database
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Your Submissions

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.  1/12/2005

Individual Fine Tuning
The world will be closer to individual needs.  1/12/2005

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.  1/12/2005

Paradox, Dilemma, Predicament
Everything is far more complex than people can understand or imagine.  1/12/2005

The way we will interact with the World
Computers are bound to change in a fundamental way!  1/11/2005

Alternative reality... a new kind of life/lifeform.  1/11/2005

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  1/11/2005

Collaboration = survival
Bringin' net activism to the barrio/hood  1/11/2005

Artificial Intelligence will become dominant
The Internet of the future will rely upon and eventually be artificial intelligence.  1/11/2005

Objects on demand revolutionize production
3D object printers and online objects will revolutionise small-scale manufacturing and enable home creations  1/11/2005

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.  1/11/2005

Everybody is a developer
Technology goes towards the fusion of internet and tablet PCs.  1/11/2005

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.  1/11/2005

Inevitable Internet Country and Context Walls
In the very near future, Internet country and context walls will be raised among countries.  1/10/2005

Our Complex Society
The U.S. will continue to dominate Cyberspace for decades/generations to come.  1/10/2005

Free resources for everyone
Broadband P2P opens gates for informational and also some kinds of material resources.  1/10/2005

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.  1/10/2005

The age of interruption
We have entered an age of interruption - where our tools and behavior allow us to interrupt, and be interrupted.  1/10/2005

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.  1/10/2005

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.  1/10/2005

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