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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Everyday people, everyday net
Places and people of common interest share ideas on a real-time, real-place basis.  11/10/2004

Dreams in Reality
Our dreams have evolved from hindsight to actuality.  11/10/2004

The New Internet
Bandwidth and application creativity will determine the future for the internet.  11/10/2004

Brain Interface; Collective Conscience
Within 20 years, advancements in brain interfaces will allow "the network" to become a part of an individual's personal conscience.  11/10/2004

Redistribution of wealth
With the Internet reaching every corner of the globe, the MTVing of all societies will divide generations and create a massive redistribution of wealth from industrial to third-world nations.  11/10/2004

Home Connectivity
Home appliances and the internet connected together.  11/10/2004

Unlimited Educational Opportunities
Everyone can be home-schooled, K1 through college, economically online.  11/10/2004

Even the trees will whisper in networks of information with very small voices.  11/10/2004

If the Shoe Fits, It Better be USB
The future: connected, integrated, and unavoidable.  11/10/2004

Ivy League in China?
Getting an Ivy League diploma from the other side of the planet.  11/10/2004

The Internet: Every Aspect of Our Lives
Just about anything you can think of is related to the internet in some way.  11/10/2004

Personal Communication
Everyone will be linked without the use of mobile devices you have carry around  11/10/2004

How far will we go to get the fastest upload?
One day we will be complete dependent on "the network."

Paradise Lost and Found
With freedom, the Internet will shortly allow all sentient life on Earth to experience wealth, power, knowledge, pleasure, joy and ease unimaginable today; without freedom, the Internet will promote tyranny, repression and slavery, leading to the end of humanity and probably all life on Earth.  11/10/2004

Net brings people together in common purpose
The internet will help people build international relationships.  11/10/2004

Intelligent searching
A user will be able to search with more relevance and dig deeper into the unseen depths of the "internet."  11/10/2004

Virtual Democracy
Instant communication and a virtual democracy  11/10/2004

Total Net Identity
Everything online  11/10/2004

Less show, more go
Simpler devcies used to collect communicate and distribute information.  11/10/2004

Say What
Eventually the internet will become the network that ties all applications, appliances, equipment, and information together.  11/10/2004

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