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The title of this issue's Editorial section is a shameless rip-off of a section that used to run in Omni, the influential and very cool 80s magazine of "Science Fiction, Fact, and Fantasy." The section in Omni talked about advances in science and technology and where they would lead us. The title played on the actual verbal tense – the word "will" was used a lot in the articles, and the fact that, well, it was about the future.

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The title of this issue's Editorial section is a shameless rip-off of a section that used to run in Omni , the influential and very cool 80s magazine of "Science Fiction, Fact, and Fantasy ." The section in Omni talked about advances in science and technology and where they would lead us. The title played on the actual verbal tense – the word "will" was used a lot in the articles, and the fact that, well, it was about the future.

These pieces, if memory serves, tended towards the optimistic: advances in medicine would make us live longer, advances in engineering would take us to other planets, advances in computing would give us robot companions that would do dangerous and boring chores.

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