"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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internet will DIE!
People are more important than technology
People, not technology, will be recognized as the most valuable asset a network can have.
Privacy Fades Out as Transparency Fades In
Everyone is online all the time and all "walls" (fire and other) are transparent semi-permeable membranes.
Complete Systems Integration
All office systems will be interconnected and able to talk to each other, as well as pass and share information.
How human relations will be affected by the internet.
Cyber relations build a bond between human and machines.
Reach out and touch someone 24 hours a day.
All strata of society are sharing knowledge, accessing entertainment and information, conducting commerce by way of a ubiquitous, high-speed, accessible network in order to make the best use of the individual's time and assets.
A sustainable/shared vision of the future
Eventually the internet will be used to sustain a cashless society where mutual cooperation earns credits for sustainence.
Obesity, Here We Come
The internet is going to cause us to never have a reason to leave the house. You can live an entire life within four walls.
Telepathy to Come
We will have helmet-like telepathic hardware.
More breadth, less depth
People will have more communication with a wider variety of people, but this communication will lack embodiment, and therefore will lose the depth available through the wisdom of our physical selves.
No More Contraband
Governments across the world will lose the ability to prohibit any materials.
What we know as the internet today will never cease to exist, but become blended so heavily with other forms of meadia and information that it will be unrecognizable in its interface and application.
E-mail: Its fall into the obsolete
Internet E-mail fades away because of spam and viruses.
Everything AND everyone is online and interconnected.
World Community Vision
We are One!
On-Demand Political Voting
All electronic appliances will be networked together; this will allow dynamic voting of open political issues to provide on demand statistics about what the democracy is feeling on an issue.
Hello phone, how many countries are there in the World, today?
An Embedded Internet
"Super-World" Cyber Game Sucks us All In
A new "role-playing" virtual world game, based on current military technology, evolves and makes addicts of us all, world-wide
Online Music Sharing/Swapping Sites
In the future, music file sharing will become more prevalent; you can't stop inertia.
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