If we were to climb into a time machine and set the dial for ten years into the future, what might personal communications look like? Might you inhabit a soothing virtual reality where your conference call takes place in a simulated lakeside villa? Might you consult with a virtual doctor? Employ a “Guardian Avatar” to act autonomously on your behalf eliminating online drudgery and security concerns? Although no particular future is certain, the seeds of what is to come can always be found within the present reality, albeit often only in retrospect.