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Will your job even exist in a thousand years? If so, in what form? If some kind of machine were to replace you, what would it be called?

The role of a journalist will continue throughout humanity. Man's thirst to chronicle history -- to communicate his daily exploits, to impact the masses, report the issues, problems -- to describe and capture our community spirit and lives will always be important. I don't think journalists will be anchored to bricks and mortar. As communications technology improves, we will become true roving reporters, funneling stories to niche-defined servers for dissemination by local media. But no machine could ever replace human feelings or sense the mood of a nation, community, or neighborhood. It won't advocate for the disadvantaged or speak for those who can't speak for themselves. Journalists serve as a live conduit between people.

Which events from the year 2001 will still be talked about a thousand years from now? How will history interpret -- or misinterpret -- those events?

The devastation of AIDS and its impact on the world community. It will be right up there with the Black Death that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. I think historians will verify that AIDS was a man-made disease developed to decimate the black populations of the world. It was developed to thin the herd, if you will, of a burgeoning populace. Without question it's genocide. Fortunately brown and black people throughout the world will survive this man-made plague.

What will South Florida look like one millennium from now?

We only need look to our neighbors to the south -- the Caribbean and South America -- to visualize South Florida one millennium from now. The entire population will be comprised of brown and black people. Whites will flee to the Midwest, the Northeast, and the western United States. The population of much of the South will be made up of brown and black citizens.

What will human beings look like?

We'll look in 3001 pretty much like we look today with a few modifications. We'll be healthier due to modern science, but we won't hesitate to make changes to enhance our attractiveness. It'll be like the auto industry: Each of us will continue to come in a base model; some of us will be able to afford Cadillac enhancements, others BMW, while the masses will continue to be Chevys and Fords. Unfortunately, even in the year 3001, money will be the determining factor of our quality of life.

Which South Florida tourist attractions will stand the test of time, and which will disappear? What will the new tourist traps look like?

I think the Atlantic Ocean will stand the test of time and pretty much anything along the side of it. We might also have a bridge to Cuba, and the proliferation of casino gambling throughout South Florida. With increased competition throughout the United States and the world for tourist dollars -- and our changing demographics -- there's a real possibility we'll become the Las Vegas of the South.

How would your predecessor view our current governmental structure? What practices from her era remain relevant today?

Debbie would be very pleased with our efforts to make our government even more seamlessly amphibious. I have been doing some historical research to identify how other forms of government reached out to their constituents that were more difficult to reach. Back in 2001, my thirty-times-great-grandmother would hold town hall meetings to get input on important issues from the people she represented -- a precursor to our present-day neuroconferencing.

What events dominated public discourse in 2001?

My research on government in 2001 turned up a surprising amount of discussion on the results of the presidential election the previous year. It is amazing that they used something called a "punch card ballot" back then -- a technology that had already been obsolete for nearly half a century. Of course in 3001 we choose our elected leaders by measuring their commitment to public service. The individuals who put in the most volunteer-service hours are given an opportunity to lead our government for a period of two years. I'll be rotating out after two years, and another civic-minded individual will take a turn. The system serves our community well because it removes the divisive, petty politics that seem to have dominated the political system back in 2001.

How does the current look of South Florida differ from its appearance one millennium ago?

South Florida is now the Venice of America. The effects of beach erosion and global warming took their toll shortly after the turn of the last millennium; we have since crafted an entirely waterborne lifestyle. Commercial property is now built on our waterways. The seascape is dotted with sophisticated above-water neighborhoods, which were designed from original plans found in the ruins of something called "Stiltsville."

How are human beings different?

Scientists are still working on gene-therapy programs to help humans develop gills that will work in conjunction with the human lungs. Several infants born during the project's development seem to be easily shifting between land and underwater activities.

Which South Florida tourist attractions have stood the test of time, and which have disappeared?

As a result of our expanded dependence upon water, Atlantis, a water theme park that was demolished back in the 20th Century, was redeveloped and expanded. Back in 2001, plans for an aquarium in Fort Lauderdale were shortsightedly scrapped. A thousand years later, we have a fully interactive, open-air aquarium where humans, fish, and our sea-mammal neighbors interact regularly.

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