"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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Single Voice-Driven Device with Expandable Screen
We are moving towards a futuristic device which would take our commands and present and do whatever we say to it.
instant wireless communication
The ability to talk to anyone at any time via a PDA-type device instantly, no log-in needed.
More data faster!
We will be able to send and recieve more data faster enabling us to be better connected.
There will be no more boundries with network addresses. All computers will be on one network.
Eventually there will be no knowledge that is not available online.
Merging Cable TV and the Internet
One day you'll be able download your favorite shows and channels rather than paying for cable.
From the 19th to the 20th, from the 20th to the 21st
Things will be utterly different.
Internet leads to World Peace
As the internet spreads throughout the world, it will bring with it the ideals of free speech.
Separate but Equal
Anything from anywhere at any time.
Now connecting not just machines but people all around the world.
Homes of the future will react to voice commands, and the internet will be browsed from TV and other devices more than from a computer.
Mankind will begin to evolve within virtual arenas rather than real-life encounters.
A Little Smart Goes a Long Way
Combining RFID tags, IPV6, and GPS (and/or its successor) and wireless communications, we will be able to find almost anything, anywhere.
Interconnectivity - Internet Explosion
We are slowly migrating towards a single point of access for all information, and will eventually eliminate all of the redundant products we are forced to carry around - pda's, mobile phones, laptops, ipods, etc - and be introduced to a single, simple, point of access for voice, information, and business data.
All public information available in central "clearinghouse" data base.
greatest achievement of the 20th century
interactivity breeds interactivity
Two distinct cultures of people
By 2020 there will still be people that will refuse to use the internet. Those people will form their own communities and use what technology "we" [people who embrace technology] regard as old-fashioned. i.e - sending mail via U.S. Postal Service.
In the future, scientists will discover that people are all in some way related to each other.
Utopia is not far off
Happy, healthy, intelligent people all linked together in a global community.
A dedicated "red-light district" for all those porn sites etc that enable people to avoid incidental or accidental surfing into them.
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