The future is all about virtualization said Mike Rogers, futurist in residence at New York Times  who spoke on the opening day of NILF 2011. In his opinion, more interactions will be virtual in the near future than we can imagine. Our kids who are growing up in this environment may actually need to be trained to carry out interactions in the “offline” or real world, he said! Among the technologies that he spoke of, that will make a significant difference to the way companies transact business, was telepresence. Calling it videoconferencing on steroids, Rogers is convinced that with the growing sophistication of technology on one hand, and economic considerations on the other, business travel is bound to come down significantly sooner than we think.  I could well believe it, given that at Prayag, we have taken advantage of this method a fair number of times in the recent past. more