"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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Alternate worlds, alternate realities, challenged facts, alternate truths
Self-clustering communities will form around various "facts" to uncover "truths" which never were.
The internet will become self-policing through "techonolgy neighborhood patrols."
Home Alone & Online
People will no longer have any reason to leave their homes or have one-on-one social interactions.
People in the not-to-distant future will have the option to have neural implants that will allow them to access the net.
Too Much Info
The internet will bog down to a slow crawl.
The information super-highway will become as congested and useless as the automobile highway.
Life after IP
The technical requirements of new services deployed on the internet will require better standards and methods of internetworking.
Virtuality Becomes the Everyday Reality
Businesses will "cook" business processes from standardized "ingredient" processes, adding "secret ingredients" for competitive advantage, while enabling partnering with other "chefs" from around the world, none of whom may ever meet "in person."
Too Much to Sort
Search engines only know keywords, not good content or bad.
Invasive/pervasive culture saturated with marketing and obsessed with virus/worm/data-miner attacks and counterattacks.
Email will collapse due to the ease of spamming.
(Future's Bright) Don't Gotta Wear Shades
Annotated reality on tap always, accessibly silently and favoring your friends.
Techies, the new polictical Party
Technology will make geographic relevance politically obsolete.
The internet as an aid to accelerate our moral degeneration
The internet will be the leading provider of pornography, gambling media, and political propaganda that will stagnate and corrupt the spirit of our future generations.
Online Wedding Ceremonies
In the not-so-distant future there will be wedding ceremonies and marriage certificates given In the comfort of your own dank, dark basement.
75% of the world is now addicted to the new drug of choice: caffeine!
The internet will take over the world.
The Internet will make the dream of practical direct democracy a technologically feasible reality.
ID Chips Implanted into Head and Hand
Everyone, everything will be connected.
Everyone will buy a percentage of their consumable goods online.
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