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The Future of Text |


Welcome to Future Text Publishing, creators of ‘The Future of Text’, the largest survey of the future(s) of text ever undertaken.

The book is a collection of dreams for how we want text to evolve as well as how we understand our current textual infrastructures, how we view the history of writing, and much more. The aim is to make it inspire a powerfully rich future of text in a multitude of ways today and to still have value in a thousand years and beyond. It should serve as a record for how we saw the medium of text and how it relates to our world, our problems and each other in the early twenty first century.


The book will be released on the 20th of November 2020 and will be available in print and for free in PDF. A single contribution is available online now as a preview, by Andy Matuschack and Michael Nielsen.


EDITED by Frode Hegland.

FOREWORD by Vinton G. Cerf.

CONTRIBUTIONS by Adam Cheyer • Adam Kampff • Alan Kay • Alessio Antonini • Alex Holcombe • Amaranth Borsuk • Amira Hanafi • Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. • Anastasia Salter • Andy Matuschak & Michael Nielsen • Ann Bessemans & María Pérez Mena • Andries Van Dam • Anne-Laure Le Cunff • Anthon Botha • Belinda Barnet • Ben Shneiderman • Bernard Vatant • Bob Frankston • Bob Horn • Bob Stein • Catherine C. Marshall • Charles Bernstein • Chris Gebhardt • Chris Messina • Christian Bök • Christopher Gutteridge • Claus Atzenbeck • Danila Medvedev • Danny Snelson • Daveed Benjamin • Dave King • Dave Winer • David De Roure • David Jablonowski • David Johnson • David M. Durant • David Millard • David Owen Norris • David Price • David Weinberger • Dene Grigar • Denise Schmandt-Besserat • Derek Beaulieu • Doc Searls • Don Norman • Douglas Crockford • Duke Crawford • Ed Leahy • Elaine Treharne • Élika Ortega • Esther Dyson • Esther Wojcicki • Ewan Clayton • Fiona Ross • Fred Benenson & Tyler Shoemaker • Garrett Stewart • Gyuri Lajos • Harold Thimbleby • Howard Oakley • Howard Rheingold • Ian Cooke • Jack Park • Jakob Voß • James Baker • James O’Sullivan • Jamie Blustein • Jane Yellowlees Douglas • Jay David Bolter • Jeremy Helm • Jesse Grosjean • Jessica Rubart • Joe Corneli • Joel Swanson • Johanna Drucker • Johannah Rodgers • John Armstrong • John Cayle • John-Paul Davidson • Joris J. van Zundert • Judy Malloy  • Kari Kraus & Matthew Kirschenbaum • Katie Baynes • Keith Houston • Kenny Hemphill • Ken Perlin • Leigh Nash • Leslie Lamport • Livia Polanyi • Lori Emerson • Luc Beaudoin & Daniel Jomphe • Lynette Chiang • Manuela González • Marc-Antoine Parent • Marc Canter • Mark Anderson • Mark Baker • Mark Bernstein • Martin Kemp • Martin Tiefenthaler • Maryanne Wolf • Matt Mullenweg •  Michael Joyce • Mike Zender • Naomi S. Baron • Nasser Hussain • Neil Jefferies • Niels Ole Finnemann • Nick Montfort •  Panda Mery • Patrick Lichty • Paul Smart • Peter Cho • Peter Flynn • Phil Gooch • Pip Willcox • Rafael Nepô • Raine Revere • Richard A. Carter • Richard Price • Richard Saul Wurman • Rollo Carpenter • Sage Jenson & Kit Kuksenok • Shane Gibson • Simon J. Buckingham Shum • Sam Brooker • Sarah Walton • Scott Rettberg • Sofie Beier • Sonja Knecht • Stephan Kreutzer • Stephanie Strickland • Stephen Lekson • Stevan Harnad • Steve Newcomb • Stuart Moulthrop • Ted Nelson • Teodora Petkova • Tiago Forte • Timothy Donaldson • Tim Ingold • Timur Schukin & Irina Antonova • Tom Standage • Tor Nørretranders • Ward Cunningham • Dame Wendy Hall • Zuzana Husárová.

POSTSCRIPT by Ismail Serageldin.

Student Competition

Students from all over the world are invited to submit an article: Student Competition. The winner will receive signed copies of some work of the professional contributing authors and their contribution will be included in the book.

Future Text Initiative

The Book is part of the Future of Text Initiative which also includes the Visual-Meta approach, The Future of Text Symposium and the Author, Reader and Liquid software projects.

Digital Edition

The digital edition will be released as a free PDF download. Please tell us if you would like to be notified when it is released:

We are developing the Reader PDF viewer with upgraded Visual-Meta capabilities to present the book in a way we feel better reflects the aspirations for the future of text. Reader is available now and will be upgraded for the release of the book on the 20th of November 2020.

Further information is available on Future Text Publishing is the publishing name for The Liquid Information Company: