In these 10th anniversary pages, we provide a Janus glimpse at the intervening decade — and try to lift the veil on what may lie ahead for the discipline with contrasting views from a futurist pundit, an industry insider, and a Wall Street savant.
As you may recall from your undergrad mythology course, Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors. His image is depicted with two visages facing opposite directions. He represents beginnings and endings and was worshipped at the beginning of planting and harvest time, at marriage and birth and at other types of beginnings — especially the beginnings of important events in a person's life. Also appropriately, he is the namesake of this month of January.
As the sentry at the portal, in his right hand, Janus — appropriately — holds a key. We hope and trust that your continued engagement in this forum, both as readers and contributors, is that key to determining with your peers the technologies and techniques which will help to define this specialty well into the next decade.
Here's to the opening of the gates!