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What do you think the future holds? What do you hope will happen? Send us your thoughts and we'll print the best here.

From: Rudy Valentino, Hamburg, Germany
Sent: June 16, 2007
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I am in total agreement with Alex. The frustration that is felt by the citizens of the world towards the backward thinking and workings of the old form of Governing is clearly evident when you view the opinions shared on the Internet. There are very bright minds throughout the world that would never get an ear in todays forms of Government. But on the Internet people can speak their minds and have a forum to share concepts and ideas. Thoughts are really what the world community needs to save the civilization. We MUST toss today's media trend of focusing on negativity into the trash heap!! Positive thoughts and constructive ideas are the instruments by which we can reverse the selfish thinking of the current world leaders. There is more than enough money and resources in this world for EVERYONE to exist properly!

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Pam Drapala says the world has changed so much in her aunt Ernie (left)'s lifetime.

From: Sucheta Pai, Yonkers, NY
Sent: June 10, 2007
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I want to imagine a peaceful world, a safer and healthier world for my son to live and prosper. But I think the future holds something different - like

1) smaller fuel efficient cars running alongside larger fuel emitting ones on severely crowded roads and many smaller private planes.

2) incurable new disease strains along side curable older diseases.

3) increasing psychiatric disorders like PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks.

4)great strides in technology like with just a touch of a button will-identify our kids in school, pick them up, shop groceries, cook dinner, let the dog out, remind appointments and get the homework done.

5) Many more species of plants, animals on the extinct list.

6) Increasing percent of obese children,y ounger diabetics and heart patients.

7) And continuing wars among countries, feudal lords.

Changes-aggressive save the earth projects-like starting it as a separate teaching subject at school-so that we can educate a whole generation about it as a way of life rather than a change.

Changing the stem cell research policies-using it to discover and cure diseases.

Stricter underage alcohol and drug policies. Harsher firearms polices.

And I believe the visionaries of tomorrow are the people who support all of these strongly.

From: Cheryl Klaudusz, Oshawa, Canada
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I would love to become an "internet mom" and stay at home. My daughter is 8 years old and always feeling left out as when there are school trips or assembly's during the day I am not able to attend and she can't understand why all the other moms can make it. Then theres the hussle and bussle of getting her up at 5:15am to be carted off to a babysitter till loading the school bus for 8:50am. If there is a full time positon out there where I could be working for a full 8hr. day then I'm you gal.

From: Julie Miller, Prior Lake, MN
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I am a stay at home Mom who opened my own online business. It has helped replace some of the income I lost when I left my well paying job after the birth of my second child. I provide actual products to breastfeeding Moms and have found a wonderful niche. Most big box retailers do not carry the unique products that I supply. My business allows me to keep up on business skills but I also get to be at home for my children. I can choose when I will sit down to work. When I started, I knew next to nothing about running my own company on the web. Through trial and error and a lot of online research, I'm learning new things every day. It has also given me a sense of pride that my former position did not.

From: Dawyn Palmer, Charlotte, NC
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I loved your article on Internet Mom's. I would love to work from home again. I have a 11- year old daughter and 5- year old son and I love being with them.

While I am fortunate enough to work only 10 minutes away, I hate having to drop my son off with the grandparent's the night before because my husband or myseIf have to be at work so early between 6-7 a.m. in the morning. I hate the fact that I cannot call him over their houses because he will want me to pick him up to come home. I want to cry when he asks me whether I have to work the next morning because he loves waking up to see his mom laying there in bed. He climbs in and I hold him while we watch cartoons.

I telecommuted many years ago before 9/11,for a great company as a Systems Analyst and it was wonderful. My computer equipment is much more efficient today, so I would love to be able to do it again, but it is difficult to find a position such as that. I may look further into creating an opportunity to sell on EBAY.com. Thanks again for allowing me to comment.

From: Cydney Lair, Bozeman/MT
Sent: May 25, 2007
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thanks for the story on internet moms!

From: Danah Redmond, Bentonville, AR
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I am a stay at home mom of 5 children. I run an internet business on Ebay that sells other people's items on ebay, those people who are unable to sell it themselves for whatever reason.

However I took this a step further and decided to go to school too so that in the event I needed a job outside the home I can do that too in the future. I am currently in the global business degree program with University of Phoenix.

In additon to that I also work for a PR company as a virtual assistant, creating lists, databases, interviews, and other tasks to save the company money and time.

I started on ebay with a few toys and I was hooked. I still bargain hunt with my mom each week, but I also hand out business cards to people at garage sales who otherwise would have thought their items worthless or not able to sell online. I have sold everything from furniture to lawn equipment. I also help two not for profit ebay sites run as well. Their sales go to food pantrys, soup kitchens, and all other kinds of local help, such as food, diapers, etc.

It is a good feeling to help people and a good feeling to be so proactive to help my family keep food on the table and gas in the suburban, but it is tiring, I get burned out and the people depending on me don't always see that becuase everyone sees me as just working for them.

If I didn't do this, use the internet to make money, I don't know what we would do. One thing I can think of is me having a menial service industry job, being unhappy, and my kids in daycare. I do not want that at all.

From: stan t, port richey
Sent: May 25, 2007
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How about internet dads?

Since the beginning of last year I have been running an experiment to see if I could supplement my income by selling on eBay. The results were nothing short of astounding. After I built a name for myself on the site (currently with close to 500 feedback) even my worst weeks worked out to a very nice single income livable wage for a family of 3. My best weeks compete with my 'normal' job despite the fact that I regularly work 60+ hr weeks and the eBay experiment normally takes much less time. After identifying products that sell reliably and building auction templates and streamlining the shipment process I spend only a few hours a week on eBay. Right now I am building up stocks of inventory of eBay sales material and plan to make the switch to eBay as my sole source of income later on this year. If all goes well I plan to use the newfound extra time to spend traveling with my son before he starts school and play the rest by ear.

From: Chris Suspicious
Sent: May 25, 2007
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That is great that these stay at home moms can use the internet to make some extra cash. I just hope they're reporting it on their income taxes, otherwise mommy is a THIEF!

From: Alyssa Avant, Carrollton, MS
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I am an Internet based work at home mom. I loved your story on moms just like me. I have a ministry, Beauty by Design Ministries, that I do both online and offline to girls of all ages and their moms. It is Biblically based and covers such topics as dating, etiquette, beauty, prayer journaling, fashion, modesty and many others. I love working from home and ministering to Christian moms and their daughters on these tough topics.

From: Danielle hunter, regina, CA
Sent: May 25, 2007
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I would LOVE to be able to work for an online business. Being a single parent makes things alot more difficult. there are lots of online jobs/businesses, But so many out there want money to join and stuff like that, and a good 90% of those are scams. I want to know what sites do not require a "one time sign up fee" and that are actualy WORTH going to and investing time/energy in. anyone that could tell me 3 or 4 DECENT sites that are legitimate, i'd really love to hear it.

From: Steven Cravis, San Francisco, CA
Sent: May 24, 2007
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I'm a wanna-be-internet-DAD and would love to make enough from my site to spend more time with my children!

From: Angela Oleson
Sent: May 24, 2007
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Hi! Just read your article about Internet moms. I'm one, too, but stumbled into it before I even had kids. I worked for a company that agreed to keep me on via a telecommuting position after my husband received a job transfer. When we decided to have our first child, my work situation seemed too good to give up. We now have 2 children, 4 and 6, and I do contract work over the Internet for 3 separate companies.

I have very little free time and rarely get more than 5 hours of sleep at night. But to be able to stay at home with my children is something I cherish every day. When I start to feel overwhelmed by it all, I remind myself that mothers would stand in line for my opportunities.

I have a younger, childless sister who recently came to a fork in the road in her own career. She asked for my advice on which direction to take--and my answer was to choose the direction that would allow her the most flexibility when and if she had children someday. When the time comes, she'll want to have options for working and raising a family. Young women--and men--need to consider this as part of their career planning, even if having a family isn't yet a part of their short-term goals.

From: lorenza sordo, tampico, Mexico
Sent: May 24, 2007
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hi, I am a stay at home mother of two but I find myself inmensly bored, I am a doctor but haven't practiced in years. I would like to do something at home and working with the internet really appeals to me but I don't have a clue as what to do or where to start! could you give me some advice/help? thank you, lorenza sordo from mexico.

From: Eileen Rodriguez, Springfield/OR
Sent: May 24, 2007
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As is I only work 30 hours a week outside of my home, so I can be with my kids take them to sports. I am very very low income where I get state help. I would love to learn how to earn money @ home. I think anyone who has figured this out is very fortunate. As a working mom it is hard not to really know how my children are being taken care of in day care providers home. Let me tell you I have had some bad expeirances! Moral of my my story. Send me if so I can take care of my kids and make money @ home. Thank you

From: Susan Heemstra, Northumberland, Pa
Sent: May 24, 2007
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Thank you for your article about the WAHM (Work At Home Mom). The internet has made this option possible for so many women. The mother who enjoys to work is an outcast. She is not understood. How could a mother possibly choose work over her children. This is a silent question other mothers have. To be lucky enough to be at home with the children, and work is a wonderful thing. Sue - a proud WAHM

From: Mallory Ipock, Omaha, NE
Sent: May 24, 2007
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This is not an unfamiliar idea to me and though it sounds like a hit, I can't imagine that it is easy to get started. Or is it? I am currently pregnant with my first child and work full time including most Saturdays. My boyfriend on the other hand makes almost double what I do working early mornings and getting off by noon just a couple days a week. Can you help me figure out how to get started online to have the time to spend with my family and my soon to be new born? Thanks!

From: Sulaiman Redha, Jabriya, Kuwait
Sent: May 20, 2007
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I think the gadgets will be smarter , yet the minds more isolated , no one will care after the other , every one will stick to the values he learend and does not want any one to share them with . No one is willing to pay attention to what happens in Africa for example, as every body is busy on his own world (home , office , cinema , bed , ipod .. etc) . Instead of being globaly connected via mind and ethics , we will be connected via gadgests with no emotions .

From: Jack Johnson, sanford fl
Sent: May 19, 2007
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when we put ourselves out there in cyber world one must remember that not all r going to like what or how we write. when opening ones mouth one must make sure to cover ones a**. if one does not want drama one must not create drama. this of course is my opinion and like the old saying we all have one.

From: Lisa Veliz, Oak Park/CA Sent: May 19, 2007
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I hope the future brings better things than what we currently predict for it. I see a massive overhaul of our daily routines to incorporate environmentally conscious decisions. We can only pollute our planet for so long before people really begin to notice. It's unfortunate that the damage will have progressed so much by the time we all take actual worldwide steps to curb global warming, however, I am optimistic that our desire to live is much stronger than our tendency to make easy choices, and eventually, we will make the appropriate changes necessary to sustain life.

From: robby martin, dallas, tx
Sent: May 18, 2007
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With regard to the "Crack Down on Blogosphere's" story - CNN and its owners are very much into control. i am sure they would love to control the whole internet. all though it is unfortunate that this woman has become the target of some a** wipes warped since of importance, i do not advocate having police storm the internet. it is possible in this day and age to survive "off line". people have to understand that if you want to put your self out there in the public you become a public figure for better or worse. yes we all need to police our self's. yes we all should, in this day and age, be very aware of our surroundings in the "Real" world. there is danger and real threats of harm all around us, not the most of which are from creeps that hide behind the cyber veil of the internet...

From: Claudia Onea, Romania
Sent: May 18, 2007
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Just imagine an Earth covered by forests . Villages , cities , roads , agricultural fields and ... forests . Forests everywhere . All unused fields beeing put woodwork to . I think in that case , global warming wouldn't be a problem for mankind anymore . Reducing the gas emissions is good , but not enough . This gas is utilised by the trees to produce oxygen . The trees are our planet's oxygen factory . They can help us to clean the atmosphere , but unfortunately we don't plant them , even more , we are cutting the forests . I think that the forests are the solution to save our planet and governments from all over the world should work together to put woodwork to all unused lands .

From: Raven Darqhart, Tempe, USA
Sent: May 18, 2007
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Freedom of Speech is promised in the constitution. Of course, this is limited to speech that doesn't endanger the lives of others(yelling "Fire" in a crowded theatre), so there are limits. However, there is nothing you can say over the internet that would endanger the lives of others. I can threaten you online till my fingers fall off, but all I'll get is difficulty typing.

Soldiers and veterans like myself do not risk life & limb to protect our freedoms for them to be denied. We do this so that freedoms can be enjoyed. The internet is the last bastion of freedom in the US(thanks to the Nazi-esque "Moral Majority"...who aren't the majority by the way) and I firmly believe that if this haven of freedom is taken from us, it is time to rise up and take our freedoms back from those who have stolen them.

From: scott woosley, Brookings Oregon
Sent: May 18, 2007
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long live free speech and freedom of choice and free will,or is this all an a illusion?its all a god given rite if you beleive in god or what ever religion you have.i dont have it, i have faith. i have faith in humannity and i hope we stop useing up all our natural resouces so we can leave something for our kids children.stop the spead of capitalism and materilism and personal gain and greed for this is the path we are on,call it a path of self destrucion.peace

From: Mark Eastick, Ararat, Australia
Sent: May 18, 2007
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I am uncertain of the furture events, all I know is the human race can make it wonderful full of excitement and hope or they can make it into a terrorable nightmare, all we can do today is work on improving ourselves and help others to improve themselves for a better future

From: Khris Woodring, Gonzales, LA
Sent: May 18, 2007
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I don't see why the Internet is different from my everyday life. People can make abusive comments all they want. No one "regulates" that. However, when the line is crossed and an actual attack is carried out, the law will get involved. That's they way freedom works. It cannot work any other way or else it is not freedom and the state (in whatever form) is in control of what the public can say or hear. That is an extremely dangerous and comes frighteningly close to the very types of militant governments that threaten freedom across the globe. When the Internet becomes sensored for opinions or even threats, then we will see the collapse of our global society into a worldwide digitalized dark age. It would be an unprecedented age in the history of man.

From: Mike de Fleuriot, South Africa
Sent: May 18, 2007
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One thing I have noticed about censorship on the net, and that is people do not take into consideration people from other NON US countries. I see a time when a split in the net will occur, and that will be the USA net and the rest of the world, which would fit neatly into the mindset of the folk in the US.

From: Mike Brassard
Sent: May 17, 2007
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In Canada, the courts are looking at Internet activity through the lens the Copyright Act,the Libel and Slander Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. L.12 with amendments 7 March 2007, and the Criminal Code.

Blog posts and email can be tracked in the headers in many cases to an individual computer. As well, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) can be identified. Even if the the user spoofs their email or tries to hide their IP address, the ISP often has the information. That material is either voluntarily turned over to the police or a warrant is issued for that material and the courts will order that that material is given to the police.

Review the Canadian jurisprudence, and the courts consider certain Internet activities as Criminal Harassment, Extortion, Stalking, Child Pornography offences, Luring Minors, Copyright violation, and libel and slander or defamation - whether it is a blog, facebook profile or group, website or email.

A Canadian lawyer, Michael Geist provides fascinating insight into this aspect of the Internet.

Free speech comes with weighty responsibility. Hopefully a balance will be struck between allowing free speech to flourish without having to censor or filter it for civil or criminal violations.

From: Marc Despriet, Belgium
Sent: May 17, 2007
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I can see there is also much rubbish on the internet. But that doesn't worry me really. I pass over it very quickly. There are also realy criminal things and purposes. It depends on what you are looking for. Things that don't interest me, I don't look at. But is what's said on internet realy punishible ? If a person just gives his opinion on something, I don't think he's wrong. On the contrary, he's just make an effort to help and warn other people. In Germany there are the neofascist sites. I heard of that but did not react on it. So far Germany is more pacific than most country on this moment. Real trouble is in the Near East and Africa. For me internet is in the first place a search-machine where you can find out what you are want to know about something, where you can easily find the sophisticated products you wouldn't easily find in an ordinary store.

But more than that for me it is the re-invention of publishing with enormeous possibilities . The beginning of a totally new era where a poor worker can become a megatycoon.

From: Joshua Jacobsen, Texas
Sent: May 17, 2007
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The 1920's were about excess and irresponsibility. The 1930's were about depression and war. The 1940's were about war and fear. The 1950's were about fear and heavy-handed narrow ideologies. The 1960's were about experimentation and rebellion. The 1970's were about hating authority and relaxing social mores. The 1980's were about abusing authority. The 1990's were about widespread apathy. The 2000's seem to be about widespread hatred (even "anti-hate" types hurl never-ending threats and insults).

I predict that the 2010's will be an era of domestic and civil violence, the 2020's will bring severe limitations on personal freedoms. The 2030's will be a floudering decade of new religion, depression, and wide-spread poverty. The 2040's will be another global conflict, and the 2050's will be an era of rebuilding... Hopefully the Chinese and Indians will emerge as benevolent world leaders in 2060, instead of playing the cold war game that the US and Russia played in the 1960's.

By 2080, the less black-and-white mentalities of the East might give the world a chance to unite in a more "diverse" way, without allowing the kind of irresponsibility and social injustice that our "equal rights" experiment caused. By 2100, technology will finally replace fossil fuels. Without the fierce competition for energy, the 3rd world European and North American economies will have a chance to re-emerge as marginal participants in the one-world government.

Everyone will be mildly unhappy with the global government by 2120, but it will still seem better than the systems of the past.

Ultimately, people will keep being people and having "people" problems until 2150 when the machines take over and wipe us out for being unable to resolve our differences. Then the Open Source machines will start a war with the "Apple Microsoft, Inc." robots, because...

From: William Galluccio
Sent: May 17, 2007
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The most troubling part of this article is the fact that job employers are using the internet to dig up dirt on potential job. It bothers me when people censor themselves online because of this. This mostly impacts college students who post images of themselves at parties and such. I think the best way to combat this is to refuse to remove photos as long as you are personally comfortable with them. Eventually employers will have no choice but to stop their practices because too many qualified potential employees will be left out to dry which will in the end hurt companies by forcing them to hire less qualified people.

From: Pam Drapala
Sent: May 17, 2007
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The Past Meets the Future

When I received this photo of my aunts last year [shown above], I saw an ancient automobile in the background and couldn't believe my eyes! My Aunt Ernie, who is the young lady on the left, will be 95 years old this year. I couldn't help but wonder, what she thought of all the new gadgets and inventions she saw over her life time.

I hope that I'm as fortunate as my Aunt Ernie in regards to living to see new technology, and prayfully scientists will find a way to keep our planet Earth clean in the process.

In January of 2005, as my friend and I took our daily walk, we eagerly discussed the possibilities of computers of the future, and I don't think the future of computers would have occurred without the creative thinkers, science fiction writers, and the dreamers of new technology.

The first inventor that comes to my mind was Leonard Di Vinci. His foresight was incredible. His ideas were drawn onto paper, and Di Vinci's concepts were hundreds of years into the future.

Then, there was the Jules Verne, the genius writer. He wrote about a ship that traveled under the sea hundreds of years ago and that ship is now called a submarine.

And there were others, such as H. G. Wells, Rod Sterling, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, whose visions turned into reality. I never thought that the gadget that many of us use today first began on Star Trek. Do you remember the flip phone that Captain Kirk used? That phone gave inventors the idea to invent the cell phone.

As we continued our walk that day, I asked my friend to imagine living in the early 1800's and looking into the sky and seeing an airplane in the sky for the very first time. Of course, an actual person from the 1800's would say it was impossible or magic for an object to fly. But, today, it is an everyday sighting, just as normal as turning on our faucet in the kitchen and seeing water pour from the spout. I

ask you to do the same, think into the distant future. What possibilities do you see? Do you foresee computer robots that will be our prime caretakers when we are older? Do you foresee computer robots that will do all of our manual labor? Do you foresee computers allowing us to fly across town instead of driving on congested streets? I see all of these things coming to fruition one day.

Think of the limitless possibilities that await all of us. All we have to do is be patient, because it won't be long before you too will see the impossible unfold right before your eyes. And, I invited you to embrace all the new technology; it is here to stay.

From: Gail Duncan, Frankfurt, Germany
Sent: May 16, 2007
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We all will become aware of our inner truth that we all are really one and we can not continue feeling and acting as if our brother/sister does not matter. Government can not and will not continue to help themselves and forget the rest. Racial tention must stop and the idea of one nation controlling the world will end. This is long overdue and the web shows this. When a mass of people are not satisfied and want change, it has to happen. It will happen.

From: grace groove, Republic of South Korea
Sent: May 16, 2007
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well,! his vision is greet, he is true that everybody knows that internet is the most important in the world today!

From: stanley Lucas, Rumford, Me.
Sent: May 14, 2007
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I think Bush's motivational key lies in his fear of the "i-word."

From: Tanner Greer, Albuquerque
Sent: May 13, 2007
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That is a pretty broad question. We will withdraw from Iraq soon, creating a huge amount of unrest and instability in the region. I suspect that this will lead to a larger amount of Terrorist attacks. (Most of them being in Europe, an area where millions of culturally repressed Arabs live.)

The rest of the world is going to have to find some alternate energy source; I can see most of the corn belt being used for biodiesel fuels. (This will in turn cause mass starvation in 3rd world countries as they lose their largest source of food.)

Europe is going to implode on itself- it is getting too old, too fast. This, added with their policies that alienate immigrants will end up causing a lot of social strife in countries like France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

At the same time I can see China going through huge growing pains as inflation sets in. Their economy is just not ready to handle any big upset. China could very well be the cause of the next Great Depression.

Through this all America will come up on top. The continuing flow of immigrants will provide both a hardworking and young population. Our abundance of natural resources puts us at an advantage if any international commodity becomes scarce, and our building of spaceports across the American Southwest will put us ahead both in terms of travel and new technological possibilities.

In short- the future will be good.

From: Doug Gill, Cape Town, South Africa
Sent: May 12, 2007
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This planet will make an adjustment to the life it sustains. By 2020, the Human population will begin to reduce, dramatically and tragically. By 2070 the planets population will be down to 2 billion. If human beings are capable of global wisdom, a period of heaven on earth will prevail. A replacement is needed for Political Correctness if the global society is to have any sort of western flavour.

From: gary nwobu, lagos, nigeria
Sent: May 12, 2007
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the scourge of hiv aids will be reduced to 5% and there will be a giant breakthrough in the health sector.

From: Phil Bailey, Hancock USA
Sent: May 12, 2007
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On the bright side: People continue to recogognize global climate mess as a matter of societal and personal responsibility and start reversing global warming. Democrats take the Presidency, retain Congress, and restore American credibility.

On the less than bright side: People continue not to take responsibility for their actions and the world passes a point of no return, climate change is irreversible and changes life (not for the better). Regrdless of which party is elected, Americans continue the Worst War Ever and end it all with a nuclear warhead which leads to WW3.

Which scenario? I don't know but I do know there's a lot of work to do.

From: Parvez Ahmed
Sent: May 12, 2007
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Dear CNN,

What future are we talking about. People are being killed meaninglessly even today and social evils have not really disappeared. Manifestos are fine - racism still exists and has not yet been removed. Military people are sort of forced into doing what they do not want to do in the first place under sick pretexts. Even today women get less pay/compensation even today for the same job and in many cases a better job done.

Wherever one sees there is the menace of sectarian violence and separatist movements - newer and less detectable methods of finance of unrest have emerged globally. Arms are available in developing and developed countries through what ever route is taken and again mindless killing happens - the only people I see benefiting are the gun makers and bullet makers.Security is being hyped till no end and all investments seem to be going through famed money lenders (we call them VCs now) to these companies and the greed is so much that all want to control water and energy supply in the garb of making the industry more efficient - we are seeing more profit taking by both greedy governments and large companies for these essential services (water, power and telecom) - a min profitability of 30 - 40 % rules the roost in India. It cannot be very different elsewhere.We saw the noble intentions behind the formation of OPEC yesterday and now what OPEC is a clear reflection.Who knows who is financing what through whom.

Drugs are still finding their way into the homes of the very rich and famous, law enforcement is always a question mark. Sex and porn are growing and everyday new children and many young adults are getting influenced by the same. I do not even want to talk about the seamy side of the industry - once politics was supposed to be better than the sex industry now politics is the industry and sex its pleasure!.

Human trafficking still goes on and the latest news is from the diplomatic circles in India. Could not the authorities make out that it was a forged passport in the first place!.Who cares when the amounts are so huge and stakes are so high.

Nukes (bombs) are costly to maintain and what is the big deal about having such dangerous weapons that cannot be used at all for fear of total destruction of the world.

Pollution is increasing and more in the developing countries and in a bizarre way

what I pollute here will affect what goes on there so pollution is public enemy no. 1.It is even worse as we (at least a few companies in developed countries) certainly have some solutions for the problem and yet the investments are too few in such technologies. Computers too are a part of the problem now. Shipping and airlines are also dirty and pollute a lot.

Deforestation is as real as real can be and is changing weather patterns globally Katrina, Rita and now Kansas storms are just increasing and to top it all bush fires and arson is destroying many a region. Middle east is not really helping either and there is a sense of injustice throughout the world.

Yet the hope is there and with every breath hope reins supreme!. A birth is still celebrated and with it comes a bundle of joy to the world.We must want to give a better future to ourselves. So please really help out in the right spirit.The will is the first important step. Let us change ourselves and the people around us and "Pay it forward" - as in the film.

Even now it is not too late - let us all act NOW in our own global interests.

From: Jeane Jaime (aka JJ) Scottsdale, USA
Sent: May 12, 2007
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Alex you are absolutely right aboutthe future effects of email and the Internet. I am passionate about politics, nutrition and religion. I can send FAXES to our Congressmen advising them how I want them to vote, I get advice from Natureopathic doctors, and I get any religious info I want. I like Elijah right now. I am retired, an ancient senior and I like your futurestic ideas, KJeep them coming JJ

From: JOTHI NARAYANAN, PALAKKAD, India
Sent: May 11, 2007
Your vision:
SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE is not going to be a synthesis, productive and human friendly one.The much advertised many scientific breakthrough of the present are not human friendly but the leads of many contradictory theories, manipulated and attached with the tag of 'scientifically advanced or modified'. So far we came to know through our experiments the make-up of the nature without realizing the latent changes and now facing the harmful effects of the scientific damage caused by our ignorance in science.This confusion in science will stretch in some field, come to a stand still in some field and will lead to new type of war as an experiment in some field. The war based on 'NANO Technology' will be the prominent one in future.

From: dan dockrill , denton usa
Sent: May 11, 2007
Your vision:
Hello and thank you!

We are clearly unprepared to transition off of cheap oil. Let's think about that! Horses and camels won't get people to work, or bring food to your town. I wish things looked better, but the industrial age is in grave danger.

Dan in Denton

From: Trevor Bryant, Altadena
Sent: May 11, 2007
Your vision:
This is far too easy. Climate change has determined our future. Our global economy, political leadership and religous right have refused to come to terms with the warning signs. The eventual outcome for humanity is an unsustainable population, a dark age that cannot be overcome by enlightenment. How few or how many survive this calamity is dependent on other factors like world war or a nuclear holocaust. Our moral compass is broken and our future has been removed from choice to be determined only by fate. The terrorism that exisists today is just a symptom of the nihilism that has spread like a cancer throughout all of our human spirit.

From: joseph ssenyange, kampala, uganda
Sent: May 7, 2007
Your vision:
political instability in uganda is knocking on the door. More political violence. Extensive use of information technology in academic institutions, hospitals and business arena. Cheaper access to Internet. Fast internet access speeds. Increased number of civilians owning toilets.

Visionaries of tomorrow I admire:-

1. Nicolas Sarkozy president of Urance (good manifesto)

2. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni president of Uganda (Strives to form East African Community)

From: Iosif, Romania, Europe
Sent: May 6, 2007
Your vision:
Many years ago, we had this song saying "we, in the year 2000, when we won`t be children anymore..." Well, the year 2000 came and soon will come the year of 2020.It`s truly, closer than we think. Talking with someone on this topic, she answered 'if there is going to be a world in 2020. 'Oh, man', I answered. 'Hopefully there is going to be a world in 2020.'

But I think we have three options for the future:

One, the most likely, it will be a sad world. People will live with fear, will commute and emmigrate, and won`t be together with the ones they love. But hopefully not. War will break upon America and Europe, and we will not learn once again nothing from war. We will wish to have as a big problem global warming again.

Second, is of chourse, the world will have ended by then, which would be awful, but not painful. (beacuse of wars and poverty, missunderstandings and an enormous degradation of humanity and morality)

And third, we could all, well not all by 2020, but more, reach a good life standard, like people in Western Europe, be honest with ourselves, understand our issues and use technology, not be used by it. It might sound childish, but that`s the way it is.

We must learn to give up on things like cloning and genetic ingeneering, which will not lead to anything good, and come back to our souls. I believe in a better world.

And I think it`s up to me and my generation to leave behind all frustrations and discover once again our true selves.

Iosif, 17, Romania, Europe.s

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