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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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.  11/12/2004

Smell and Taste; Faster, Too
It will be faster, with more realism.  11/12/2004

Microsoft in Decline
Microsoft will decline in power, as a result of piracy and public-domain software.  11/12/2004

Solar NanoRods and the Pixel Era
Expect to see networked objects and a Solar-Powered World Wear Network (WWN).  11/12/2004

We will see availability in the less-developed world and the elimination of the middleman.  11/12/2004

I-Commerce Business
It will be a combination of the Internet, the Individual, the Infrastructure and Independent business ownership.  11/12/2004

We are moving faster than we should!
The quest for making the almighty dollar will hurt development.  11/12/2004

Web-based assistance on any platform
All technology devices will be set up to assist each person in their own personal way.  11/12/2004

Global individuality
While becoming much more individual, the world will open up more to available technology.  11/12/2004

The Internet - Everywhere, All the Time
The Internet will be everywhere and will be part of every aspect of our daily lives.  11/12/2004

A continuous need for more security as technology continues to grow
Since everything will rely on technology, hackers can effect daily life in a much more severe manner than they already are.  11/12/2004

Economic Stakeholders Find Dominance
Those who hold the greatest economic stakes - the greatest potential to make or lose money - will rule the future of the net.  11/12/2004

Advancements and Innovations of Internet Communication
The future of the internet will allow businesses and common people to interact more diversly and efficiently than ever imagined.  11/12/2004

Disaster Movies Come True
There will be so many signals sent so many places that something will malfunction and cause everything to shut down.  11/12/2004

Infoculture is here and most are still looking for it to arrive
It is ubiquitously massively integrated into all facets of our lives and economy, with immense computational, storage, and communications capacity, with social policy and privacy concerns imposing constraints on potential technical, economic, and social applications.  11/12/2004

Internet is everywhere
The internet will be available everywhere; wirelessly. Nationwide networks will emerge and, as computer technology advaces, the need for the traditional "computer" will fade.  11/12/2004

Everything on the Network
The Internet Will be All-Encompassing  11/11/2004

The NET runs us
The internet will be connected to everything and tell us when to do things.  11/11/2004

Computer Terminals' Future
In the future, desktop computers will be replaced with terminals in a distributed-processing format.  11/11/2004

Do you share?
Massive in size, transparent in complexity, far reaching in terms of how our lives will depend on it.  11/11/2004

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