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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Instant Transportation
Our bodies will be transported anyplace we wish, regardless of our geographical location.  11/28/2005

The Orchestration Age Erupts
This era will usher in extraordinary demands for new means and methods of expression, interaction and communication. It will forge entirely new types of thinkers, whose kaleidoscopic manipulation of digital media will culminate in an explosive proliferation of innovative discoveries.  11/7/2005

No privacy and rampant problems
Internet will become infected by viruses and hackers and there will be no secruity or privacy.  9/14/2005

Copy/Paste Living
So many pages, so little difference.  9/14/2005

RSS Feeds = dramatic change
RSS feeds will change how people use and experience the internet as much as the change from text-based internet to WWW.  8/19/2005

Future Interface - Hal on Steriods
The internet is in its infancy - the big picture to me is we are inventing the closest thing to a human brain that we can.  8/8/2005

One world, one set of business laws
Business without borders requires business laws without borders.  7/11/2005

Networking makes consumption conspicuous
The networked future embodies conspicuous consumption by making the consumer visible to the market.  6/20/2005

The "Astralnet" is upcoming
Communication will be outerdimensional  6/9/2005

Lemonade is made with lemons
The internet can be welcome voluntary agreement.  5/29/2005

Social Science
Social Science is the means by which the method is found for society to produce prosperity for present existence and posterity.  5/28/2005

AIs Will Learn Enough to Manipulate Us
Artificially intelligent computers will eventually learn how to "steer" us on both of personal as well as political level.  5/23/2005

We'll Waste Away in Alternate Realities
The capabilities of the internet will allow for experiences so close to real life that people will forget to live.  5/23/2005

A Sun Microsoft Marriage
Future versions of Windows will once again run on non-x86 CPU's.  5/20/2005

Computers inside us, not just around us
Technology will enable use to do things that previously were only foreseen in science-fiction novels.  5/13/2005

Accelerated Economic Development - Leapfrogging
Widespread availability of knowledge will enable rapid economic development in presently underdeveloped countries.  5/12/2005

The future of the network is broadband IP.  5/10/2005

The Merge of E-mail & Post
E-mail and postal mail will "join forces" to suit public needs.  5/7/2005

Millions Will Convert to Lives of Voluntary Simplicity
We will ask: "So much and so time-consuming...for what? Why?"  5/6/2005

Wires?! We don't need no stinking wires!
In the future, more than just the internet will be wireless.  5/4/2005

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