"Cory Doctorow, Pat Murphy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Norman Spinrad, Bruce Sterling, and Ken Wharton address the environment, copyright, social trends, terrorism, war, world government, and the upcoming Presidential election."
"But Bruce Sterling's thinking that the leading trends are coming from outside North America: 'I used to think that the USA, being an innovative, high-tech polity, would be inventing and promulgating a lot of tomorrow's social change. I don't believe that any more. These days I spend a lot of time looking at Brazil, China, India, and Europe. Japan and Russia, interestingly, are even more moribund than the USA.' "
Socked Between the Eyes with an Ice-Cold Futurist Scenario - Bruce Sterling's blog
Brazil is Hackers Nirvana
The Metrosexual Superpower
Brazil in Orkut - Smart Mobs
Brazil Switches from Microsoft to 'Open Source' Software - NPR