"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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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.
The Intenet Reaches Warp Drive
A faster internet.
Power to the People
As information delivery becomes ubiquitous, it will be increasingly difficult to oppress the masses through FUD.
One, Simply One
It will be transparent, secure, legal.
Wireless at its full potential
Wireless is the biggest advent in internet history since it began; full-access wireless service will revolutionize what the internet can provide and how it will be used.
Orgasmic Lives Lead to Deaths
More people will engage in online sex which leads to real sex. AIDs will kill and people will die out.
Anonymity Will Force Change
Too much anonymity will be the key reason the internet will be forced to change.
Nowhere to Go to Escape Ads
There will be nowhere to go to get away from the barrage of commercials.
Stars Wired for Partying Pay-Per-View
Wireless Virtual Reality...Pay-Per-View Internet
A World Divided
The networked world will be a futuristic embodiment of everything that divides us now: economic, social, cultural, technological, etc.
25 years to secure voting from your home PC
Once secure authentication can be widely implemented, you will be able to vote by logging into your local county offices.
Minority Report meet Big Brother; can the two co-exist and have positive influences?
In the not-too-distant future, pervasive technology will be able to keep tab on individuals and influence them in both adverse and positive manners.
Convergence Is here
All devices serve the Net.
True, participative, pure democracy will become reality and spread via the internet.
Psychic enhancement is coming.
Talking to other people through a handheld translator.
Sharing Music and Video Preview
The Big Label companies need to understand that the internet is a way of promoting and sharing (previews) of music and video.
Portable Electronics Will be VERY Personal
Personal shoppers, ability to buy products will be done under your skin, in your eyeglasses, fingertips, rather than on a computer. You are your very own internet connection.
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