What's Next ... With The Amish

A view of the future from Lancaster, Pa.

When my editor asked me to write an article for the What's Next issue, I panicked. I foresaw long hours in laboratories trying to interpret the jargon of scientists finding new ways to map the brain, implant RFID chips in my skin or create a tofu that fails in its attempt to taste like yet another kind of meat. What, I pondered, would be the easiest subject I could tackle? What never changes? The answer suddenly seemed obvious: What's Next ... with the Amish. How hard could that be? I could report and write the piece while watching television. Just to...

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