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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Your Submissions

Online Music Sharing/Swapping Sites
In the future, music file sharing will become more prevalent; you can't stop inertia.  11/10/2004

The Free Global Wireless World : The New "Ether"Net Connects Everything
The huge spread of a global, free internet via satellite will turn everyone and every device into a server and enrich a new concept for connectivity.  11/10/2004

The Point-of-View Oracle
Enter your stance on some issue (say global warming) into the POVO and the POVO will search internet sources to come up with two columns of information, one supporting that POV and another against that POV.  11/10/2004

The Future TV Producers
Just as blogs have allowed average folks to become pseudo journalists...people will start producing their own internet movies and shows with little overhead, little pay for actors, and basic equipment...  11/10/2004

Dynamic Net - Endless Boundaries... : )
The future holds many changes in internet browsing as exspansive networks criscrosses the globe...and computers become more complex and connected to our daily lives at work and home.  11/10/2004

The Past, the Now and the Internet
The internet will continue to expand and become easier for people all around the globe to communicate and share information, culture and, oh yeah, cool games.  11/10/2004

Digital World Could Fail Us
Every person in the world will be connected and major decisions will be made in a digital environment.  11/10/2004

Anyone, any info, anywhere, anytime
Any one will be able to access high-speed information anywhere, anytime.  11/10/2004

Living Machines
Electronics, machines and people continously interlinked through technology.  11/10/2004

Online Dating
Go on a first date with someone on the other side of the world!  11/10/2004

A vastly distributed wireless Internet network capable of delivering high-speed internet to anyone, anytime, anywhere on the globe.  11/10/2004

Internet connected to every appliance imaginable, connecting every other device to each other as a huge network.  11/10/2004

InterWorld Transporter
The internet will be a transportation device.  11/10/2004

Continuous 'Net Bombardment
Technology will be available to enable people to be connected to the net at high-speed from wherever and whenever without the need of computers.  11/10/2004

The News Stylus
Newspapers will be replaced by a simple, flat screen with a stylus.  11/10/2004

Look Ma No Keys
Input devices of all types will become neural.  11/10/2004

My vision
It will surpass all previous means of communicating.  11/10/2004

Matrix-like e-learning
CephaNet brain implants download information directly.  11/10/2004

Net /communications convergence
The internet will gradually converge more with other communications technologies.  11/10/2004

The Internet - it's everywhere you look and most places you don't
What we currently know as the internet will be unrecognizable 5 years from now as integration, authentication, utility & usability issues are understood and resolved.  11/10/2004

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