"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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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.
Forget keyboards - Internet will be controlled by what we say and will work faster than we ever imagined.
Cybernetwork communication everywhere
A personalised cybernet will be available anywhere and anytime.
Anything is everything
The end of radios, televisions, game consoles... etc.
No more individual pieces of technology
In the future we will have one device to replace our mobile phone, laptop, PDA, TV and desktop.
Will piracy be ever stopped?
Internet file sharing has been a subject of debate since the beginning; but, how will it evolve?
The Unregulated Digital Frontier
The internet will never be regulated for content by any governing agency, ever.
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.
I've never seen my boss.
Work: A highly efficient, yet off-puttingly isolated experience.
Cooperative transfer of factual information from point to point
Free and unfettered access to all necessary information comes through the web.
'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.
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!
We no longer have to search for information, it finds us.
The RIAA in a Broadband World
The RIAA will be no more; the music will be free.
Showrooms, not stores
Products will be showcased in demo outlets and purchased only online.
Education breaks down walls
I see a network which will break down worldwide political, racial and national boundaries.
Death to privacy
The government will have the ability to snoop at any information they want about our lives.
woops. they already do!
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