"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 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.
Multiple Internets for Varied Needs
Users will use different internets for different things.
It Will be All-Encompassing
The internet will soon be so integrated into our lives that we won't be able to live without it.
Easy Web Publishing
Anyone could create a data-driven web page - much as anyone can use spreadsheets.
Buckminster Fuller's vision comes true
Everyone will be connected who wants to be.
Stuff Will Link to Stuff
Everything would be connected and information shared.
The Next Generation - Weaned on the Internet
Progress in all fields of development will explode as a generation of human data-miners communicate and share ideas in unprecedented ways.
Accessing with Ease
Wireless communications, coupled with voice recognition, will allow everyone to access the internet and share information continuously.
I don't want spam! Can't I just have the egg and tomato?
Wars will be fought on the internet, but not between nations.
A Connected World
Integrated everything is looming.
The Worth of an Individual
With the growth potential inherent in the modern age of technology, the democratic dream, the worth of the individual, is becoming ever greater. Think about just how easy it has become for a single individual to destroy the world.
Our reliance on the internet will be our weakness
The trend to more connectivity with the internet will decrease after a major cyber attack on the United States.
Value consumers place on web economic and product information
By 2010, retailers and pollsters will have to pay more attention to the information being disseminated on the web.
Money for information...any kind.
We will inch forward to different, expensive devices that combine the function of serveral devices into one and reasearch will drive us forward to better lives where we can pay more tax and excess fees for things we don't need.
Cellphones will evolve to become an integrated personal-communication center.
Privacy intrusion by us all
I have contacted you becuase your shoes say they're worn and I see you have the money in your account to buy these.
Rich Virtual Relationships
Everyone, whether individual or group, will be able to have rich interactions and relationships with everyone else, and will be able to easily find those they will want to have such relationships with.
Integration of Human Evolution
Streaming information will warp directly to your mind.
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