A vision for the future

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Name: Rob Dickey

From: American, 19 years in South Korea

Bio: Internet user, teacher of society studies, reader of alt history, armchair futurist

Area of Expertise: Pioneer/Originator

Topic: Community/Culture

Headline: Rivers that tie, but divide

Nutshell: Internet and similar ICT will tie distant peoples while dividing neighbors

Vision: Like rivers, Internet and similar information/communication technologies are a stream of information and goods. St. Louis became a seaport, yet Illinois and Missouri were divided, all by the same "mighty Mississippi." Today we see young people who "chat" online while sitting side-by-side. Commonalities and "best friends" will be found online, while geographic proximity becomes largely irrelevant. Local governments and social groups fade while pan-national functions soar.

Date Submitted: 11/26/2013

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