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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Connected and even more connected
The internet is headed toward personalization.  5/4/2005

Minicomputers and Macronet
Wireless connections everywhere will be accessed from small, portable computers.  5/4/2005

A communication community
A compressed version of all media and communicative technologies put in one.  5/4/2005

Internet Access For All... and a Conscience?
As technology advances and becomes cheaper, the richer countries will discard the older versions, allowing poorer countries to become connected to the internet, broadening the social scope.  5/4/2005

Internet revisions bring internet revival
The network will be changed multiple times to better help those who must use it every day.  5/4/2005

How Technology Will Affect Future Internet Users
Future internet technology will affect how lazy and dependent consumers will become.  5/3/2005

How the Internet is going to change life in the next 15 years.
The Internet will make people more aware of where marketing and business communication will take us in the future, but there will be more problems.  4/18/2005

Activities on the Internet will be routinely monitored.
Anonymity will disappear, and your activities will be easily traced.  4/18/2005

We are moving faster to nowhere!
The future will make all of us more efficient and public.  4/18/2005

There Will be a Total Loss of Privacy
Hackers will know all; we will lose personal privacy.  4/18/2005

Cake and coffee online
It will be more visible, huge and more beautiful.  4/18/2005

Hardware will advance
Networked communication will be improved through faster and better communications links.  4/18/2005

What happens to my on-line diaries or web-logs?
Whoever owns the server that my memoirs and daily observations are on
...  4/18/2005

Internet Security field and Internet Communications etc.
Businesses will make the internet more secure for the future.  4/18/2005

Traditional newspapers will disappear
Newspapers will continue to lose readers, because most will get their news on the internet.  4/18/2005

Lying will become difficult
It will be extremely difficult for political despots to lie to their constituents.  4/18/2005

Communities will build momentum
People will socialize and identify more with online communities as the internet's reach extends across political, social and religious boundaries.  4/18/2005

Long-distance relationships a problem no more
Relationships will no longer be constrained to distance; with networking technology, partners will even touch each other from thousands of miles away.  4/15/2005

High speeds and huge files
In ten years, we will need faster and better access to the Web. It will have to come.  4/12/2005

Internet 10 years forward
It will be so influential that we should worry about where it will take us.  4/11/2005

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