"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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Electronic Voting (Constant Referendums)
The population votes on all major decisions (that are currently decided by the government) using the internet.
Where is the Internet?
The internet will evolve from a thing to be observed to a place to be entered.
Going to a Parallel Universe
Logging on the internet will be logging into an entire second universe, to be explored, and expanded, by all.
50 years in cyberspace - Highs and lows
History will be recorded, and it will be in HDTV.
The world at your keyboard tip
We will not have to leave home unless we want to.
In the next 10 years...
The internet will be faster and more reliable, utilizing modern transmission protocols and high-speed physical layer links.
Better communication through visual means
People will see other people.
Portable Internet, email anywhere any time.
One stop for all your needs.
A Web-Based Religion
There will be a new world-wide religon that is based on the web.
It will be incredibly invasive.
Everything will be linked and soon break back down.
Point of Presence in Pockets
There will be a pocketable device that provides a connection for communication, computing and storage.
Increase of good and evil; Turf wars
The internet increases our capacity for both good and evil - and both will thrive.
Media, media everywhere
There will be a convergence of media with "cable" television, movies, Internet, music, telephony, etc. all being routinely available via PC or television.
Health Care Integration
Everyone will have an electronic health record, a collection of data and datalinks.
The Internet Globalization to the Nth Degree
The death of one-on-one relations
Advances in technology combined with the pathos of most individuals will lead to most people only relating through the internet or not really relating at all.
Backbone of the Future
Wireless Broadband for Everyone.
The Internet will become a central repository of karma...among other things.
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