"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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Dystopia or Utopia
Evolution of a virtual mind - the virtual "I".
Good for life, not for love.
Networks will create virtual social lives, and the divorce rate of the upcoming generations will skyrocket.
Fear the Interwebz!
Computers will be installed in our bodies and each individual will be a server.
In the future, the internet will be a faded memory of what could have been
Ironically, the power required to run the internet and provide our access so that we can do wonderous mind-opening things is dependent more and more on environmental destruction, resource grabbing, war and human suffering.
Scamming will erode trust even more
Trust will fade and die.
In future, everything will be connected via one digital format which can be read by all digital devices.
Information access envisoned in fiction (omni-coder) will be accessible through neural input such as thought
All known information (audio, video, text, thought) will be shared directly among ourselves (externally and internally), our homes. Direct neural access, processing and transmission will be achieved within our lifetime!
Silicon intelligence beyond humans'
About 4 billion years ago carbon developed its way into life as we know it today. How long will carbon-based life forms last?
All Digital Cameras with GPS
Global-positioning systems in digital cameras will map everyone's photography.
The Internet is the completion of the Information Age.
It will all be about Information-> Knowledge and ultimately-> INTELLIGENCE!
A Level Playing Field
The common flow of information over the Internet will displace and eventually replace the influence of spending huge sums on political campaigns.
Satellite interconnectivity to all planets through cyber interconnectivity
We will have ground-level satellites that interconnect thoughts to people, and satellites in space that interconnect visual astral planes to each other.
The REAL network steps forward
Just as Beijing, Tehran and Washington have agreed to world unity, the polar ice caps explode, flooding a third of the land surface of the planet.
The internet is just a tool for Big Brother.
There is no future but an alienation of human beings! Welcome to Orwell's 1984 vision.
Communication is intelligence
The future becomes unpridictable when a second new thing is invented before anyone knows or assimilates the first thing. That's the singularity - inevitable communication failure - for some.
Next State of Human Evolution
Homo Robo Genetico
Our next phase in Human evolution will be the blend of Humans with Robotic (nano tech devices - that will control our cells) along with enriched internal robotics. We'll live for hundreds of years.
Paranoia will replace depression
Paranoia will replace depression as the most-treated mental condition.
Remember the future... perhaps...
Past-to-future of discilinary research is mapped graphically and turned into a large hyper-media show case.
It's all about the signal-to-noise ratio
The current cacophony of noise on the internetwork is manifested in inefficient and low-signal communications...but signal will rise exponentially and human communications and connections will be augmented in startling ways.
Internet for free (becomes public service)
It will become evident that the Internet is such a source of wealth that governments and/or companies will elect to offer it for free to all.
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