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The Future of Text

Welcome to the Future Text Publishing company, producers of the Future of Text.

Growing out of the annual Symposium on The Future of Text we have put together a book on the possible futures of text which has turned out to be the largest survey of the future(S) of text ever undertaken, with a wide range of different perspectives and inspirations.

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.


EDITED by Frode Hegland

FOREWORD by Vinton G. Cerf

CONTRIBUTIONS by Adam Cheyer • Adam Kampff • Alessio Antonini • Alex Holcombe • Amaranth Borsuk • Amira Hanafi • Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. • Ann Bessemans & María Pérez Mena • Andries Van Dam • Anthon Botha • Belinda Barnet • Ben Schneiderman • 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 • 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 • 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 Carr • Leslie Lamport • Livia Polanyi • Lori Emerson • 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 • 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 • Ted Nelson • Teodora Petkova • Tiago Forte • Timothy Donaldson • Tim Ingold • Timur Schukin • 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

Future of Text Initiative

The book is part of the ‘Future of Text’ initiative which also includes the Future of Text Symposium and the ‘Author’, ‘Reader’ and ‘Liquid‘ interactive text software projects.


The original site for the book is part of the Future of Text website:

This Website

This website is a WordPress site and some visitors find there are issues with viewing it correctly on certain platforms. We are working on this. It is also a bit of reminder that the future of text needs to be different: To post an article/a page to the web at the moment either means conforming to someone’s template or hiring experts to make the page the way you need it to be. The future of text should be as simple as ‘printing’ or ‘publishing’ to the web. Can we make that happen?

Future Text Publishing is a publishing name for The Liquid Information Company: