"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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smaller economic world
The net will draw us closer and closer to each other "economically." It's rather simple.
The Internet is mankind's first attempt at creating a non-carbon based lifeform
The Internet, still in its infancy, will grow up to become a monster that is constantly feeding and processing information. Eventually, it will wake up and start making decisions for itself.
An Empowered People
The world's communities will be more and more empowered with easily accessible knowledge, which will affect purchasing decisions.
pop up page
A specific page will be dedicated and made for strictly pop-ups.
The Merging of Television and Computing
Flat screens throughout your household let you surf the net, display pictures (that change) and browse thousands of television stations through the net.
The Internet is on Computers Now
Future appliances throughout the home will be internet-enabled
Integrated communications of all devices
All electronic devices will one day have the capability to interact with one-another via user interface so that everyday tasks can be combined into one shop fits all device.
Everything at your fingertips
Most of human knowledge will be easily and effectively searchable
One World Under Wavelengths
Subscription puts an end to piracy.
Just like television and radio is now but with lots more channels (all with the same stuff).
Plugged In: Wetware
The world of information connected directly to the process of thinking.
A World Community
Boundaries of countries, states, nations will continue to dissolve to enable a true world community to emerge.
A special property with constitutional implications.
Unlike other physical technologies (the bomb)and natural occurences (a storm), you can switch it off...
or can you?
Research & Education
The Networked future will provide users with better ways to research, educate, and contact people in search of information and products which may not be readily available in their locale.
The Internet's future
A 3D interface network that is always on, always with you, and can be acccessed from any location at any time.
Too much too fast
2015 - Networks are exposed to an insidious virus that knocks out all essential functions. Civilization is reduced to small bands of individuals who are strong and viscious enough to survive.
Meshing of man and machine
The predictions of "the singularity" state that computers/internet will progress beyond human ability. However, more likely is that we will incorporate the advances in technology and apply them to our biological existence - creating ourselves as superhuman.
Analog communication will be dead with in 20 years.
Physical & Mental Augmentation
We will have better search capabilities as well as holographic visual capabilities.
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