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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Internet: The Society
One day, every household will be more likely to have DSL Internet connection in home, than a phone.  11/11/2004

20/20 Memory
Anytime/anywhere global access to friends/information.  11/11/2004

Free net
A free, wireless country.  11/11/2004

Gaming is Totally Encompassing
We will live in the internet  11/11/2004

The Technology of the Future
Incredible VR ahead.  11/11/2004

Information by the Ounce
No one will give information away - it would be like giving away money.  11/11/2004

Implanted Media
It'll be in your head!  11/11/2004

In Touch with the World
Instant access & communication helps us become one community, worldwide.  11/11/2004

Fall of Dictatorships
As the internet becomes more and more available in third-world countries, state control over information will decrease.  11/11/2004

Network Monitoring
The networked future will be (for the most part) wireless and will include any device capable of "plugging" into.
it.  11/11/2004

Avatars Do the "Walking"
Avatars - electronic personal agents - will intermediate for real people, protecting privacy.  11/11/2004

Overlapping Communities
The power of an individual to relate to others, particularly in business, will be extended through growth of "trusted network" and "degrees of separation" tools to a very great extent.  11/11/2004

More Info More Problems
Humanity may mature enough to handle the amount of information flowing around us.  11/11/2004

Wireless by Thought Alone
The ability to summon data/products/services by thought alone.  11/11/2004

A smarter race
There will be a smarter "googlized" human race.  11/11/2004

The internet will continue to grow and become the single biggest entertainment-distribution source in the world.  11/11/2004

Why it will take so long for everyone to work together
When no one is hungry and has shelter the trust of each other will slowly come out.  11/11/2004

We Can Have It
Build the basis of trust and you can stem across the world with it.  11/11/2004

A Future Where Nothing Works
No software or hardware is compatible because technology is changing so rapidly.  11/11/2004

Information = Knowledge = Power
With wider access to information and knowledge, power will be distributed among more people, instead of controlled by governmnets and the Murdochs of the world.  11/11/2004

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