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

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

Realtime Visual Conectivity
Instant Vision Messaging interaction and communication.  11/10/2004

The Next Best Thing to Being There
Talk real-time, face-to-face on high-speed wireless satellite connections!  11/10/2004

smaller world
Differences will continue to melt away and recombine into a new world community.  11/10/2004

Open Source is the wave of the future.
Open-source will devalue the "www dollar" and the internet will return from whence it came.  11/10/2004

A Foundation
The “Internet” is technology of today; tomorrow, the internet will not exist but will have become a pathway for basic communication fundamental to everyday life.  11/10/2004

Intelligent agents can't be trusted
People will not voluntarily trust and accept "intelligent agents" to conduct business for them.  3/25/2004

Three 'E's' will reach audiences
To reach audiences on overload, communicators will depend more on the three E's: getting messages through by e-mail; embedding messages in entertainment, infotainment and information programming; and engaging audiences in new ways.  3/25/2004

Streaming information will be ubiquitous and universal
Seamless networked communication will stream to consumers through wireless appliances of all types and sizes.  3/25/2004

Information overload leads to more targeted messages
Communicators will identify target audiences, but they will have to work to find ways to grow those audiences - ways to inspire consumers to desire their messages.  3/25/2004

Non-adopters will separate themselves
By the year 2015 and beyond, there will still be a core group of people who oppose and refuse to participate in Internet communications.  2/16/2004

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