We are entering a virtual age. The signs have been visible for over a decade. When my children were growing up I watched with concern as they preferred to interact with soccer balls on the computer screen rather than with neighborhood kids in our backyard. I imagined that a reduction in interaction with human playmates would create adult misfits in the real world. Only now, when they are adults, do I understand that the time they spent with joystick in hand was preparing them for their virtual future. My children and the wave of people behind them are ready for virtuality before it is ready for them.