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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Pervasive Networking
The Internet Globalization to the Nth Degree  11/11/2004

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.  11/11/2004

Backbone of the Future
Wireless Broadband for Everyone.  11/11/2004

Better-behaved society
The Internet will become a central repository of karma...among other things.  11/11/2004

Them People
I see the day, oh I see the day that capitalism's child will fight his own fat father.  11/11/2004

It's Over
The internet will become like artificial intelligence and we will have to fight the machines.  11/11/2004

Free-Flowing Energy
A world where everything is free and fast.  11/11/2004

Look Ma, no mouse!
People will be able to access the internet while walking down the street.  11/11/2004

People will be "stored" on the internet
Since people are just a collection of information, we will eventually be able to literally BE on the internet.  11/11/2004

Big Brother has tough days ahead
Our ability to make the internet a usable/useful source of information relies on our ability to create, manage and maintain the structure of the information on the internet.  11/11/2004

Cyborging Cures Carpal Tunnel
Wearable computing integrates all conceivable tech to the human body.  11/11/2004

Local ethnic communities will gravitate toward a "common culture," which is an average of the existing cultures through the widespread access to the internet.  11/11/2004

Way, Way Beyond the '90s
Internet will in all hopes connect everyone's technology to expand quicker than ever before.  11/11/2004

No More Mr. Anonymous
We will lose our anonymity in an effort to combat spam, viruses, and legal liability of web sites.  11/11/2004

Ultra-High Speed
Ubiquitous,transparent, ultra high-speed, wireless information exchange.  11/11/2004

Live Internet
Roaming profile everywhere you go!  11/11/2004

Globalization of the Internet
The internet will be accessible to anyone with a wireless connection.  11/11/2004

The final version of the internet
The internet will become the nightmare of telepathy.  11/11/2004

One Word....
Skynet. No human control.  11/11/2004

Smell and touch
We will send smells through computers.  11/11/2004

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