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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All for One and One for All
Cyber Society...Artifical Reality  11/11/2004

Truly mobile
Voice, internet, cam, gps, will all be on one wireless device with connectivity in all regions.  11/11/2004

Everyting in an Instant
No phone, no mailbox, no shopping mall, no school house - no need.  11/11/2004

Ubiquitous Access to the Internet
Everyone will carry small, portable devices that allow them to query the internet anywhere at anytime.  11/11/2004

A World on Power on One Small, Portable Device
I believe technology will evolve to provide one small device, wirelessly linked to the world, an "omni-coder."  11/11/2004

Your life and the internet are one
All aspects of your home appliances, lighting, sound, heating and air, will be monitored and controlled from your website. Driving will become automated.  11/11/2004

More Information, Less Contact
The internet allows people all over the world to share their personal photos, bios, etc., but because of this ease to get info, people rely less on in-person contact.  11/11/2004

New Crimes, New Laws
There are going to be so many advancements you can't even imagine, and those are going to lead to all sorts of new crimes, and subsequently to all sorts of new laws; maybe it will drastically effect the way we interpret the Bill of Rights...  11/11/2004

The Internet will control everything
Everyone will work, share information, communicate through, and obtain entertainment through the Internet.  11/11/2004

Economic Stability
Shared information will increase economic stability.  11/11/2004

Colonization of Space
Man will colonize space within the next 20-30 years.  11/11/2004

Mobility is the necessity, after health.
IP addresses will replace ID standards, names will just be secondary identifier.  11/11/2004

American's Stop Speaking --Turning to Text Messageing
We become so enamored with cell phones and the email capacity for cell phones that we forget how to have a normal conversation.  11/11/2004

Mind-Blowing Internet
The internet will become all-powerful and all-inclusive; such that people will not ever need to leave their homes.  11/11/2004

The Death of Tyranny
Governments will find keeping secrets or promoting lies or deceptions impossible.  11/11/2004

Everything is networkable and the network is Everywhere.
Appliances, TV's, Radios, Security Systems, GPS and other cool toys in cars, telephones, water meters, and technology that we haven't thought of yet will all be networked together with providers, companies, and other people.  11/11/2004

Quantum Jump in Human Intelligence
Internet augments human capabilities, resulting in massive gains of productivity and creativity.  11/11/2004

Proximity Computing & Social Networking
People will have the freedom to find, grow and develop items of personal value in their lives.  11/11/2004

The Network of Babel
Looking toward the day the computers died.  11/11/2004

Internet Voting Issues Personal Receipts
Internet voting will build off the current model of retail sales on the internet.  11/11/2004

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