"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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Diversity will decrease worldwide
The wealth and knowledge of people around the world will become the same.
Perspectives Shared as World Connects Online
People across the globe will directly communicate with one another on a regular basis, driving home the idea that we are all one big community and making things like wars obsolete.
Data-embedded cyberhuman evolution
Humans will evolve into a species with embedded devices that allow us to communicate and utilize global datasystems inherently rather than through peripheral devices.
What happened to the American-born programmer?
A smaller world makes for a cheap labor market, and the U.S. software-development market will move outside the country.
It will encompass all forms of media
Computers will make the TV and telephone obsolete.
Current forms of video entertainment, such as cable TV or satellite providers, will become obsolete as consumers begin buying only the video entertainment they want through the Internet.
Broadband will transform the internet as we know it
The expansion of broadband connections will make video and voice the way internet communications will be for the next decade.
How about the sense of touch...
An amazing feeling...
We will be too dependent on the internet
Overt rule by the internet ... soon
Netstricts will be formed, layering the Internet
There will be an internet that is organized into districts where different online communitites can get together.
Independence, Interaction, or Isolation
Will the Internet of the future free mankind from constraints imposed by our heredity and culture, increase human interaction exponentially, or foster an era of electronic isolation from physical contact with a crowded, hostile world?
Third Space: Transporting Through the Internet
The Internet will be the link where people can be at a place they wish to choose.
Face-recognition software teamed with Google's indexing will allow you to upload a picture of someone or something, and make the public the new police.
Graveyard of good intentions...
Irrelevent, underused, the mind is the next network.
The Internet is too fast and too cluttered!
The internet of the future will be wide-band and wireless for the final link to the individual via small, personal "terminal devices" however the bandwidth will be clogged with useless data.
As the internet grows it will come to encompass every aspect of society.
Playing Internet Games
Alternate Reality Games will become much bigger and be as popular as more standard gaming types.
Totally Interactive World
Virtual Reality will enable us to actually experience things from the comfort of our very homes.
Globally together - all people will be connected.
The entertainment & information explosion
In the next few years, there will be another mid-'90s-like explosion.
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