AS WE MOVE FORWARD into 2003, experts and editorialists in every industry are trying to predict what the future will hold. But let's face it, the future is a big question mark. We're not going to get the answer until events are upon us.

Future used to be my favorite word. It was a word that implied all kinds of possibilities. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, I believed that humanity was on the cusp of a great wave of technology and humanism that would result in things like a

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