the start of the 21st century we see the challenges ahead: Applications will
be more dynamic than ever and will be part of the fibers of the Web, software
and hardware robots will be our assistants, and biology will be source of both
computational problems and
programming metaphors. Applications will be customized to individuals who
happen upon them, our needs and desires will be served by artificial beings,
and our software may more accurately resemble a termite nest than Rube Goldberg
Additional Information on each individual theme will be provided shortly.