"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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The Internet Reinforces Class Distinctions
Web-based communities will become more important then where you live.
One Simple App
The internet will do everything Windows Xp can offer, plus more.
A World of Two Comm Giants
Most communications services will be driven into mergers, leaving only 2 or 3 giants.
The internet will fail
The internet will eventually fail
The Foretelling Future
The web will "read" our minds.
A corporation with no headquarters a new business model.
Increasingly bizzare human behavior.
All things will be connected
Everyone will be connected to the internet (and therefore all communications and information) during their waking hours.
All Information, Anytime, Anywhere
Access to any information (including entertainment) through cell phone/PDA/laptop/home entertainment system
Advanced technology with inadequate rules and regulation
Rules and regulation will not develop fast enough to catch on, resulting in chaos.
The Real Matrix
Imagine a network similar to the one in the movie "The Matrix," but more realistic (wireless instead of a jack, no machine takeover, etc...)
Reach out and touch someone, anytime, anyplace.
End of civilization
War or environmental disaster is likely to destroy us.
A Smaller World
Everyone will eventually be able to instantaneously communicate with everyone else, singly or in groups.
Airborne Particles Do the Work
Nano-charged particles in the air (influenced by human touch) will replace all current devices for global communications.
Inexpensive Universal Broadband
Inexpensive universal broadband will be available by 2015.
It Will Have to Rise from the Ashes
Too many viruses and ads.
Global Policy Decided by the People
Global policy by NATO or UN will be decided by the input of the average citizen.
Bigger, Better, Worse
The internet will reach more and more devices as computer technology improves.
We will be able to access the internet from many locations, sometimes with unexpected results.
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