In the future, information and communication technologies will be ubiquitous in such diverse settings as work,
learning, commerce and entertainment. Computer applications and networked information repositories will transparently support and
enhance human activities. Hardware, software and data in multiple media will allow people in remote locations to perform a wide
range of communication- and data-intensive collaborative tasks, from scientific to business endeavors. User interfaces to computer
applications and resources will evolve into more intuitive forms with the introduction of powerful metaphors and representations.
New applications will provide users with helpful tools to perform an increasingly diverse set of tasks. Networked computers will
constitute the stage in which software agents will perform missions delegated by users. Computers will unobstrusively mediate
human communication and will also serve as a malleable medium for users to reify and disseminate their ideas.
In order to realize this scenario, fundamental research must be performed in areas such as human-computer interaction,
computer-supported cooperative work, digital libraries, hypermedia systems, and distributed information retrieval. Ongoing
projects involving complex and dynamic human and data relationships may well serve as testbeds for exploring promising technologies
and experimenting with novel prototypes and solutions in the context of real problems and task settings.