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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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.  11/10/2004

instant wireless communication
The ability to talk to anyone at any time via a PDA-type device instantly, no log-in needed.  11/10/2004

More data faster!
We will be able to send and recieve more data faster enabling us to be better connected.  11/10/2004

One Network
There will be no more boundries with network addresses. All computers will be on one network.  11/10/2004

Everything online.
Eventually there will be no knowledge that is not available online.  11/10/2004

Merging Cable TV and the Internet
One day you'll be able download your favorite shows and channels rather than paying for cable.  11/10/2004

From the 19th to the 20th, from the 20th to the 21st
Things will be utterly different.  11/10/2004

Internet leads to World Peace
As the internet spreads throughout the world, it will bring with it the ideals of free speech.  11/10/2004

Separate but Equal
Anything from anywhere at any time.  11/10/2004

Global Peoplenet
Now connecting not just machines but people all around the world.  11/10/2004

Integrated Homes
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.  11/10/2004

Virtual Lives
Mankind will begin to evolve within virtual arenas rather than real-life encounters.  11/10/2004

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.  11/10/2004

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.  11/10/2004

Full-Service Information
All public information available in central "clearinghouse" data base.  11/10/2004

greatest achievement of the 20th century
interactivity breeds interactivity  11/10/2004

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.  11/10/2004

Worldwide Relatives
In the future, scientists will discover that people are all in some way related to each other.  11/10/2004

Utopia is not far off
Happy, healthy, intelligent people all linked together in a global community.  11/10/2004

Red-Light District
A dedicated "red-light district" for all those porn sites etc that enable people to avoid incidental or accidental surfing into them.  11/10/2004

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