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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Transparency will expand by 2020
Aside from the inevitable setbacks in privacy, transparency will prove to be an essential tool for cross-cultural communication.  2/12/2008

Changing complexity towards zero acceleration in change
Change rate will stabilize. One will see very complex interactions which in the overall will regulate the change process away from the asymptotic, and singularity will be unlikely to be ever achieved.  1/16/2008

The 3D Web will replace the 2D Web by 2012
We shall be surfing from a mostly 2D environment to the 3D environment by 2012.  1/2/2008

The End of Identity Theft
The security problems of the Internet will eventually become so pervasive as to require legislation requiring financial institutions to dramatically improve safeguards against identity theft.  12/27/2007

Participation by All
Since the Internet is becoming increasingly important to a wide variety of public policy stakeholders, mechanisms will be developed to enhance widespread participation in Internet Governance policy formulation.  12/5/2007

We will not run out of oil
The network future will not run on gas generators to produce electricity.  11/27/2007

Children need good content on the internet
There will be huge problems with children's content on the internet if we don't do something now to help protect them.  11/12/2007

The World Wide Web: The next Tower of Babel.
The world will become a global mechanism solely dependent on the internet to the point that one thrown wrench could be the downfall of humankind.  11/4/2007

The Future Leaps Back
Technology is placing increasing psychological stresses on the human psyche, and it will result in more and more people seeking refuge in semi-luddite lifestyles and communities, and seeking peace in pet ownership.  10/30/2007

The end of copyright
Copyright is going to die  8/18/2007

Privacy, ID and Empowered Citizens
We will have both highly integrated services with information at your fingertips AND stronger privacy than ever - the parallel to environment pollution will make us find the catalysts which only require strict attention to design, as all rules in the digital world are man-made.  8/6/2007

Dissolution of America
Geo. Orwell would be proud of the controls about to be enacted via the internet.  7/18/2007

Humans will be connected to virtual worlds inside a super internet: YNET
The world is united in harmony and the peace is remaining between humans. The internet as we know is connecting every human being with one another by their brains. People live a combined life - half in reality half virtually.  5/30/2007

Intentional mindfulness
People will have to develop new skills in mindfulness in order to experience physical reality.  5/25/2007

Challenges ahead for legislating privacy are large
Great legislation must provide a balance between consumer and public protection without interfering with small and large business interests - especially those that support the richness of what we call the "vast" (massively vast offer of free or affordable online communications, content and services).  5/23/2007

One World
The internet will connect people all over the world, revealing all the lies of all the governments, enabling people-to-people world peace.  5/13/2007

Monopolies and Freelance
The world will be divided into monopolies and freelancers.  3/24/2007

Connect Screens with E-mails and Telephone Calls
Monitors and television screens connect with e-mails and telephone calls.  3/23/2007

Consciousness Uploaded to the Internet
What is consciousness? A collection of memories? A set of morals, ethics, vision?  3/7/2007

Yesterday's "Guns and Butter" Equals Today's "Water and Connectivity"
The survival of our species comes down to water, which is defined as satisfying and nutritional in a safe environment, coupled with connectivity, which is how we as a society can exchange information and bridge equality gaps.  2/8/2007

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