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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We will lose all privacy
If things keep going the way they are, everyone's information will be in the hands of the wrong people.  9/8/2006

The internet means the best education skill in the future
The internet is the way to develop better conditions, better lives for all of humanity.  9/4/2006

Emotional flat words
The ultralinked internet will give us a feeling of "this was done by many people before" and that there is "nothing new to discover."  8/27/2006

The end of marriage
People will no longer get married; they will just breed children, free from ethical codes.  8/22/2006

Widespread panic will occur
The systems will crash and we will have no back-up systems.  4/9/2006

Developer's Virtual World
It will be possible to watch people make stuff.  4/1/2006

Augmented Reality in the Networked Future
Everything, everywhere will make image worthless - the final victory of substance over style.  3/10/2006

Semantic Knowledge and Idea Network
In short, humanity will become a hivemind and all people will be able to work together to contribute to collective progress.  3/10/2006

School days are out; online schools are in
The internet will replace our good ol' schools with home online schools. Shocking but possible...  3/5/2006

Most memory vulnerable to strong magnets
Within a few decades, a highly magnetically charged comet will pass close enough to the earth to render all telecom & computers ineffective  2/5/2006

The objectification of the social mind
Each human's mind is a social creation. Can we talk intelligently and collectively?  2/1/2006

Internet Scope Explodes
Handheld devices perform intelligent routing based on current context, so the Internet is truly pervasive and mesh-networked.  1/30/2006

Glasses of the internet...
Your eyeglasses will access the internet.  1/30/2006

Teleportation Technology Will Work
Molecular Teleportation will be invented within a few hundred years.  1/22/2006

Virtual Libraries, Movies and Shopping
Shopping and libraries offer virtual customer service.  1/20/2006

The Three-Five Day "FLOAT"
Financial institutions will have to "cut" back the number of float days that it takes a financial transaction to process.  1/13/2006

eCommerce in the developing countries
By 2020, the emerging countries will be connected through Internet.  12/27/2005

Education is Completely Redefined
Learning centers will redefine the foundation of elementary education standards.  12/14/2005

Obesity crisis solved in cyberspace
Before 2012 most obesity problems will be solved thanks to computer games.  12/13/2005

Damaging Control by Big Telcos in League with Government
Increasingly, the incumbent telephone companies in league with governments and telephone companies are succeeding in controlling the Internet  12/1/2005

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