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Wireless vs. Body Language Our special report on the new frontier of business and technology prompted readers to share their anticipation of what lies ahead. "I am excited that the future will be rife with science and adventure yet still retain the qualities of human endurance and fortitude," wrote one. Others were pessimistic. "Our society is becoming increasingly lifeless and mechanized," one declared, "with dronelike daily routines devoid of any of life's simple joys." Another reader was almost wistful about the past. "For all the wonders of wireless technology," he mused, "when sharing ideas, there is nothing that replaces the importance of body language in a face-to-face meeting." Forward to the Future Reading your April 30 special report ("Next Frontiers," Business & Technology) reminded me of Alvin Toffler's 1970 nonfiction classic, "Future Shock." Toffler described people living in the new century as having to face sequential bombardments of decisions in increasingly shorter periods of time because of advances in modern technology. He recommended that we build in our own personal "shock absorbers" to keep us from going insane. If contemporary society fails to help individuals do that, the profession most in demand will be psychiatry--preferably its online variety.

Werner Radtke -- Paderborn, Germany

I just finished reading "Time to Do Everything Except Think" (Business & Technology, April 30) by David Brooks, while looking up the word "moribund" on yourdictionary.com and talking to a friend on the AOL Instant Messenger. Brooks has described me almost perfectly... and I'm still in high school! I may not have important business e-mails to check on, or inventories to track, but if I go more than 24 hours without logging on, I feel horribly out of the loop. Even after reading your magazine cover to cover, I check out your Web site, just to cover all possible bases. …

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