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

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Playing Internet Games
Alternate Reality Games will become much bigger and be as popular as more standard gaming types.  11/18/2004

Totally Interactive World
Virtual Reality will enable us to actually experience things from the comfort of our very homes.  11/18/2004

Vision next???
Globally together - all people will be connected.  11/17/2004

The entertainment & information explosion
In the next few years, there will be another mid-'90s-like explosion.  11/17/2004

Voice-Enhanced Internet
Forget keyboards - Internet will be controlled by what we say and will work faster than we ever imagined.  11/17/2004

Cybernetwork communication everywhere
A personalised cybernet will be available anywhere and anytime.  11/17/2004

Anything is everything
The end of radios, televisions, game consoles... etc.  11/16/2004

No more individual pieces of technology
In the future we will have one device to replace our mobile phone, laptop, PDA, TV and desktop.  11/16/2004

Will piracy be ever stopped?
Internet file sharing has been a subject of debate since the beginning; but, how will it evolve?  11/16/2004

The Unregulated Digital Frontier
The internet will never be regulated for content by any governing agency, ever.  11/16/2004

Political power to the people
Use internet to vote corrupt politicians out, make political parties obsolete, and neutralize campaign funding by giving non-party candidates an even playing field.  11/15/2004

I've never seen my boss.
Work: A highly efficient, yet off-puttingly isolated experience.  11/15/2004

Cooperative transfer of factual information from point to point
Free and unfettered access to all necessary information comes through the web.  11/15/2004

'Next Generation' - TV show visionaries inadvertently show future
If you want to see the future of the internet, watch "Star Trek, Next Generation" and look for data pads.  11/15/2004

Communication as the key for the global world
If we seize the opportunities ahead of us, worldwide communication may solve many of the issues now facing us!  11/13/2004

Information Aggregation
We no longer have to search for information, it finds us.  11/13/2004

The RIAA in a Broadband World
The RIAA will be no more; the music will be free.  11/12/2004

Showrooms, not stores
Products will be showcased in demo outlets and purchased only online.  11/12/2004

Education breaks down walls
I see a network which will break down worldwide political, racial and national boundaries.  11/12/2004

Death to privacy
The government will have the ability to snoop at any information they want about our lives.

woops. they already do!  11/12/2004

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