"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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Internet Replaces the Telephone
Traditional telephone companies go the way of the typewriter as the Internet makes them obsolete.
I see the Internet being navigated much like the streets of a virtual city.
Return of the Housecall
Health professionals can diagnose, prescribe and often treat patients online.
True Democracy was awaiting for Internet before Flourishing
All major matters shall be voted for online, and House of Representatives shall be eliminated.
Internet and television will be one
The home computer and the television will become one device with access to all media and data.
Mass Delusion is like a warm, comfortable blanket....
Lack of privacy arrives in a deep way as more and more information is shared on the 'net.
WiFi is it
Internet whereever you go, wireless.
Direct Customer Contact
As a small-business owner, I am now able to directly contact, support, sell to and educate customers. The technology isn't there yet, but I'm patch-working this desk-side service today.
The internet will allow or create more pockets and classes of people.
It changes as time goes by!
The interaction of all the moving parts has no limit!
No Technology No Future
Two kinds of economies: 100%-technology and No=Technology
Walking Toward 1984 in 2004
Freedoms will be lost and privacy will not exist.
A Wireless World
Free, wireless broadband for laptops, PDAs, cells and more...
The Ubiquitous Net
100% on-line all the time.
Decline in Creativity
The ability to think, study, and create will decline as younger generations are entertained by computers rather than finding their own imaginations.
Government-Funded Access Points
Internet providers fold as governments around the globe adopt public-access points.
Everything and everyone will rely 100% on the internet.
A Lamer on Every Forum
Forums and Blogs will become a primary means of communication, and there will be people with IQ's of 10 posting "news."
It's Still Going
Networks will allow anyone with access to do more to control his or her daily life.
Browsing whereever you go
In the future we will have electronic implants in our bodies that will allow us to access the internet with our minds.
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