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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How Internet Communications Will Work
Communications will mostly be over the internet, with phone lines and postal services becoming obsolete.  11/11/2004

death n internet
Death n internet...  11/11/2004

Who Will Be The One?
The world will be so networked that each individual will be a walking number, almost literally.  11/11/2004

A Grim, Uniform Future
The internet is becoming more and more a puppet of the big companies and the content owners as more and more of the General Population log-on.  11/11/2004

Privacy ... the lack thereof
Any bit of information is viewable, and freely used against you by the government and elected officials.  11/11/2004

Connection Will Tear Us Apart
The ability to surround ourselves with only the opinions of people we agree with could lead to the increase of mutually incompatible subcultures.  11/11/2004

3D and 4D search
Superfast searching with interactive results  11/11/2004

A Sentient Society
The Foundations for Cyber Ethics  11/11/2004

Repudiation of Religion
The internet will educate the people and cause them to become intelligent enough to repudiate religion.  11/11/2004

Always-There Internet
In the future, people will be connected to the internet 100% of the time through portable devices.  11/11/2004

Instant Contact
People will be able to reach anyone at anytime if they so wish, with both video and audio.  11/11/2004

Voice of the Computers
Everything in the future will be voice-sensitive.  11/11/2004

Time to Grow Up
It will become an arena where everybody can stand up and show the world who they are and accept responsibility for what they show.  11/11/2004

Transfering physical/chemical
molecules across the network  11/11/2004

Creating Storage Spaces
Online Memory Banks make personal data storage obselete.  11/11/2004

Policing the Future
There will be an online police force.  11/10/2004

Tree of Knowledge
Neural implants will guide us to know knowledge via the internet just as the written word guided knowledge in the past.  11/10/2004

my net vision
Chips in the Brain  11/10/2004

The Future
Computers will integrate seamlessly into all human endeavors, externally and internally until the line between is grey.  11/10/2004

No one moves from their couch
Too much in too little time.  11/10/2004

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