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The World Future Society invites essays describing how life
may look in the future as information technology changes our world.
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Is Paperless Possible?
Allen H. Kupetz
The computer industry has beeen telling us for years that computers will
enhance our productivity by making paper unnecessary. Find out if
paperless is possible.
The Far-Reaching Implications of the Cyber Revolution
By Carter Henderson
The article examines the great transformation from raw materials, which fueled the
old Industrial Age, to bits of information driving the new Cyber Age, which is rapidly
changing the lives of us all.
Who Called This Meeting? Automated
Schedulers the Latest Scourge for the Technologically Besieged Office Worker
By Marita Moll
Technologies that are smart enough to schedule our meetings and reserve our conference
rooms are certainly creating new frustrations for machine-dominated workers. But
more than that, they may be yet another brick in the wall of the future that
doesnt need us. To avoid being relieved of the responsibility of being human,
we need to practice guerrilla acts of resistance to the world of machine command and
From Hierarchy to
Wirearchy: The Future of Workplace Dynamics
By Jon Husband
As the Internet has moved through the dot.com boom and bust, and integrated software
encases most organizational activities, the dynamics of hierarchy have begun to morph into
a new dynamic called wirearchy. Wirearchy is a dynamic flow of power and authority, based
on information, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected
technology and people.
by The DaVinci Institute
The Internet is facilitating a new, technocratic competitor to the nation-state. Here are
several scenarios of the emerging Virtual Country.
The Demise of Ethnic
Differences Cultural Identity and the Internet
By Caleb Rosado, Ph.D.
The Internet allows us to transcend traditional approaches to human identity, which focus
on superficial issues such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and instead focus on ideas and
The Webcentric University
by Samuel L. Dunn
Future universities will thrive if they capitalize on the community-building
opportunities brought about by the Internet and World Wide Web. A university administrator
offers a scenario showing how it will work.
"He Who Rides the
Wild Elephant . . ."
by Carter Henderson
Pizza, pornography, and cemetery plots--you'd be hard-pressed to name anything that isn't
available on the Internet. Here's a look at what's out there, what it means, and what's
next on the wild-elephant ride that is the Internet.
Is it Time to Change the
Way We Work?
by Ron Messer
Corporate culture and values should be more like the open-source software movement in
order to take advantage of the potential of virtual employees.
Ten Ways Your Life Will Change in the Cyber
by Edward Cornish
Infotech will make it easier to keep your personal information handy--and easier for
other people to access it. You'll be snug in a smarter and more-secure home, yet the
Internet will give you access to a world of friends--and even sex partners. These are just
a few of the ways communications and computer technologies will change life in the next 25
years, according to the president of the World Future Society.
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