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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The Internet Reinforces Class Distinctions
Web-based communities will become more important then where you live.  11/11/2004

One Simple App
The internet will do everything Windows Xp can offer, plus more.  11/11/2004

A World of Two Comm Giants
Most communications services will be driven into mergers, leaving only 2 or 3 giants.  11/11/2004

The internet will fail
The internet will eventually fail  11/11/2004

The Foretelling Future
The web will "read" our minds.  11/11/2004

Decentralized businesses
A corporation with no headquarters a new business model.  11/11/2004

Polorized behavior
Increasingly bizzare human behavior.  11/11/2004

All things will be connected
Everyone will be connected to the internet (and therefore all communications and information) during their waking hours.  11/11/2004

All Information, Anytime, Anywhere
Access to any information (including entertainment) through cell phone/PDA/laptop/home entertainment system  11/11/2004

Advanced technology with inadequate rules and regulation
Rules and regulation will not develop fast enough to catch on, resulting in chaos.  11/11/2004

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...)  11/11/2004

Always Online
Reach out and touch someone, anytime, anyplace.  11/11/2004

End of civilization
War or environmental disaster is likely to destroy us.  11/11/2004

A Smaller World
Everyone will eventually be able to instantaneously communicate with everyone else, singly or in groups.  11/11/2004

Airborne Particles Do the Work
Nano-charged particles in the air (influenced by human touch) will replace all current devices for global communications.  11/11/2004

Inexpensive Universal Broadband
Inexpensive universal broadband will be available by 2015.  11/11/2004

It Will Have to Rise from the Ashes
Too many viruses and ads.  11/11/2004

Global Policy Decided by the People
Global policy by NATO or UN will be decided by the input of the average citizen.  11/11/2004

Bigger, Better, Worse
The internet will reach more and more devices as computer technology improves.  11/11/2004

Internet Everywhere
We will be able to access the internet from many locations, sometimes with unexpected results.  11/11/2004

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