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This is your invitation to be part of The Future of Text ’24 Symposium & Book.

Our theme this year is to develop richer views of what lies beyond our current understanding of the potential for what text can be to augment how we think and communicate.

The logo this year represents an ever expanding universes of potential for how we interact with the information stored and communicated in text.

We ask what is beyond what we currently think of as ‘text’ and try to get a glimpse of potential as yet unseen. What might your perspective on this be? What might your field contribute to the future of thought and communication using text?

If you have any thoughts we’d love for you to present them at the Symposium or as an article in the Book.

We would also be very interested in learning what you do know. Valuable contributions would include perspectives from your own work and experience–above all, dialog around the potential futures of text needs diversity of perspectives.



The 13th Future of Text Symposium is co-hosted by Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, on Saturday, November 23, 2024 in Vancouver, WA, USA, 9AM-5PM.

The format will follow the format we have used for over a decade, of quick 10 min presentations followed by 10 mins dialog, for a dynamic atmosphere. WebXR work produced by the community will be made available to try, on Meta Quest 3 and Apple Vision Pro devices. We really hope you will be able to join us in person.

Previous Symposia and video recordings




This year we are working on our fifth volume. The first volumes of the book has seen contributions from leading academics, technologists, artists and thinkers in a wide range of disciplines. There is a page available with a list of contributors on our Future Text Publishing website.

The deadline for the article submission is 20th of September 2024. If you are interested, please have a look at the Article Guidelines


Thank you

Thank you for considering being a part of our work on the future of text. 

If you are interested, please free to drop in. on our weekly Future Text Lab meetings. We meet every Monday 4-6 UK time. Please get in touch if you’d like to meet the team and discuss what we are about and how what you are thinking about might fit. 

Co-Chairs & Co-Editors


Widening the Community

Since we have invited you based on your perspective, is there someone extraordinary whom you feel should be approached with an invitation who has not been part of the Future of Text work so far? We are looking for fresh perspectives. Please tell us if you can think of someone, especially if you can provide introductions.



This Symposium and Book is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We are open to further sponsors to help support this effort.