"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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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.
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.
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."
The end of marriage
People will no longer get married; they will just breed children, free from ethical codes.
Widespread panic will occur
The systems will crash and we will have no back-up systems.
Developer's Virtual World
It will be possible to watch people make stuff.
Augmented Reality in the Networked Future
Everything, everywhere will make image worthless - the final victory of substance over style.
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.
School days are out; online schools are in
The internet will replace our good ol' schools with home online schools. Shocking but possible...
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
The objectification of the social mind
Each human's mind is a social creation. Can we talk intelligently and collectively?
Internet Scope Explodes
Handheld devices perform intelligent routing based on current context, so the Internet is truly pervasive and mesh-networked.
Glasses of the internet...
Your eyeglasses will access the internet.
Teleportation Technology Will Work
Molecular Teleportation will be invented within a few hundred years.
Virtual Libraries, Movies and Shopping
Shopping and libraries offer virtual customer service.
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.
eCommerce in the developing countries
By 2020, the emerging countries will be connected through Internet.
Education is Completely Redefined
Learning centers will redefine the foundation of elementary education standards.
Obesity crisis solved in cyberspace
Before 2012 most obesity problems will be solved thanks to computer games.
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
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