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

Your Predictions Database
Browse through and click on the headlines below to read the fascinating foresight statements nearly a thousand people from around the world have shared in their contributions to the Imagining the Internet site. You can also do a refined search of the Voices of the People submissions by clicking here (search for specific topics, the predictors' area of expertise, the location of predictors or by keyword or date of prediction). If you'd like to submit your ideas to this online archive, simply look to the upper right corner of this page, click on "Share Your Prediction" and fill in the pop-up form.

Click on your browser's RSS icon to subscribe to an RSS feed from Voices of the People.

Your Submissions

Land lines long gone
There will no longer be such a thing as internet land lines in 2006.  11/10/2004

View my life, all my life, online!
Personal mini/portable computers, always connected, always with you (possibly on your belt or in your wallet) can make instant communication, directions at your fingertips... Even allow everyone to watch your life, online!  11/10/2004

The Googlized World Wide Operating Web/System
The web will become an operating web/system that will tie everything/everyone together with RFID tags.  11/10/2004

Free global voice communication
In the future, I see a world where voice transmission is free and the cost of all phone calls is $0.00.  11/10/2004

Information at your fingertips
All the information that you could ever need will be made available at home - to the extent that you will not need to step outside.  11/10/2004

Computers adapt size to fit needs
Computers will be palm-size and will be able to project a bigger screen when needed.  11/10/2004

IP's Everywhere
Everything has an IP and can communicate in real-time with anything else set up by the users.  11/10/2004

VP Sales and Marketing
Wireless World  11/10/2004

Constant Connection
Miniaturized technology allows constant connection to world networks; immersion in real world and virtual world simultaneous and constant.  11/10/2004

Space-Based System
The internet of the future is globally wireless and ultra fast.  11/10/2004

Enable all to work/shopcommunicate from virtually anywhere you care to venture
All wireless, all the time  11/10/2004

Metadata Quality
Metadata Lexicon Soup goes one level deeper  11/10/2004

The Wild Wild Cyber West
The virtual world trumphs the real one  11/10/2004

Purchasing Switchover
More consumer and industrial products will be purchased on-line than though stores or catalogs.  11/10/2004

'Lawnmower Man' comes to life
One of these days truly immersive VR will come to life - rejuvinating the online adult industry and allowing millions of young computer nerds to finally get laid (virtually).  11/10/2004

Lighter Side of Computing
Light wavelength-based computing fundamentally changes how computers work.  11/10/2004

Living in Glass Houses
The complete loss of privacy in a tracked and cached future will lead us to revise how and why we live a "moral" life.  11/10/2004

Porn, that's right porn!
Porn drives technological innovation.  11/10/2004

Internet Arrays
In the future there will not be a single Internet but an interconnected array of specialised Internets.  11/10/2004

Mobility and Virtual Spaces
You need not have an address anymore, unless you want one.  11/10/2004

Results Pages: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  

A project of the Elon University School of Communications and the Pew Internet and American Life Project
All rights reserved. Contact us at predictions@elon.edu