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Special Millennium Article
January 2000

A Message From the Future

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):46-47. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.1.46

The time capsule was opened, and I read your visions of the future from the January 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES. I thought it would be interesting to you to know how events really worked out on January 1, 2100, and our perspective on your era. The traditional portions of the library dedicated to the printed text have been stored for decades in central computer banks. Digital, peer-reviewed published and distributed information revolutionized the traditional idea of the journal in the first decades of the 21st century. Computer-based review of articles became the norm and eliminated most of the reasons for not publishing online. Reviewing by computers identifies factual and logical errors and ferrets out fraudulent publications and doctored data using the Holmes-Watson algorithms. Editors and editorial boards still exist for matters of establishing policy and setting direction of their disciplines. We have interesting historical exhibits from the end of the 20th century showing the printed, bloated journals and the prices when converted to our one-world currency, the Eurodollar. Attempts were made to claim library space in medical schools for lawyers' offices, gyms filled with physical fitness equipment, and lounges for spiritual and emotional fitness programs. These attempts were not successful because the space was needed for the organization and the facilitation of easy access to information.