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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

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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.

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Paranoia will replace depression
Paranoia will replace depression as the most-treated mental condition.  10/7/2006

Remember the future... perhaps...
Past-to-future of discilinary research is mapped graphically and turned into a large hyper-media show case.  10/7/2006

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.  10/3/2006

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.  10/3/2006

True Communication Will End
True communication is human interaction, which will cease to exsist.  10/1/2006

2050: Advanced Hindu technology makes India to a superpower
Genetic engineering in India makes superHindus in 2020, and in 2050 they take over world power and make Earth into a paradise.  9/28/2006

Big Brother USA
The USA seizes control of internet with its allies.  9/27/2006

It will be a fusion of mind and body
We'll all have portable, hands-free access to the internet and all possible digital applications.  9/27/2006

Will people be needed in the future?
All industries will be replaced by automation and people will no longer be necessary.  9/26/2006

It is not necessarily for the good of all
It will, of necessity or choice, exclude too many people because of corporate greed for both money and political power.  9/26/2006

The Internet will enable man to know the mind of God.
Human and Internet will interface through biotechnological advances and upload themselves into cyberspace.  9/26/2006

chip head
There will be communication through the internet by thought.  9/26/2006

Self-Imposed Physical Isolation is Likely
Social interaction will continue to increase through technology, while decreasing in the physical world.  9/26/2006

You will not know your master
If robots evolve, even enslave us, will we notice?  9/25/2006

Education
Phase One: People will get wired - brains interacting directly with computers  9/25/2006

Zombies
We will lose our senses, our feeling will become static, noirotic and we will lose all contact with the reality, the nature, and our instincts.  9/25/2006

Toward a transformative transactional environment
A transformative transactional environment is broadband technology [engineered] to distribute value to all willing participants.  9/25/2006

More arts for ALL (pre-k to seniors)
All individuals will have free access to be creative with materials and instruments... but also free online interactive creativity.  9/25/2006

Can blogging aid democracy in emerging nations?
People by using the internet will become empowered to influence the direction governments take via Internet blogs.  9/25/2006

The Internet will disappear
People will so get used to using the Internet all the time and anywhere that the super highway itself will be taken for granted and won't be a subject for discussion anymore.  9/14/2006

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