"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 Cerebral Interlink
As technology advances, mankind will be able to "jack-in" to the internet, experiencing a true virtual reality.
How you will gain privacy thru Internet Security
Wireless will work things out.
Are there any real people out there anymore?
Everyone will be able to access any information that they need at any time that they need.
Mr. Smith Goes to Secure, Locked Down Internet
All software, e-mail, and networked traffic will be cryptographically encoded. There will be no anonymity.
The Death of TV News
As network and cable news becomes more politically motivated and Internet availability spreads, people will turn in record numbers to a vast sea of news resources not tied to specific political leanings or corporate motivations.
A universe to choose from
The Internet will evolve into a universe of knowledge, available to everyone, everywhere, all of the time.
Finally, the oracle we imagined!
God is Google! Google is God! A clearing house of the collective intelligence of the human race, free for the masses.
State governments will learn to mine the Internet
More and more state governments will attepmt to tax sales on the internet as brick-and-mortar stores are replaced with virtual stores.
From amatuer to professional - all online
Books, movies, information on history, economics, policies, papers and tons and tons of personal opinions.
Sun Shines Out of You Know What!
Corporations get farther away from consumers, Consumers continue to steal as much as they can.
Telecommuting will be the norm for technology workers
By 2015, half of the white-collar workforce will telecommute (work from home) at least 1 day a week.
As on "Star Trek," we speak and the computer gives what you need.
Staying Connected Personally
Computerization is going to be the theme in the future. People will interact almost as if they were right next to each other while being half way across the world.
It will be a blur!
The network will be everything rolled into one.
Technology will be pervasive and integrated.
You will be to start your oven from your office as you leave to head home.
Modern living... in the future
You will have the ability to control your home, from anywhere in the world.
The Downfall of the Internet
The future looks bleak unless control can be wrestled away from abusers.
Everything Runs on the Air
All devices, appliances, autos, PDA's, computers, will talk on the airwaves. Everything will become wireless.
Private Companies, Private Networks; Hardwired
Inspired by companies such as AOL, privately owned and controlled networks will develop using a restricting process of screening websites for useful/harmless information, and basing it in a virtually unhackable hardwired infrastructure geared toward constituents' privacy concerns.
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