John Herman is an avid student of the future and has been working in the Information Technology field for
over 25 years. He is a vice president of database administration at Citigroup in New York. He earned a
B.S. in Biochemistry from New York's Stony Brook University, is a member of Mensa and enjoys creative pursuits.
In the early 1990s, he founded LetterPro Inc., a writing and editing entrepreneurial endeavor.
His most recent passion is "Project Phrenicea" — the development and promulgation of
the website phrenicea.com, a philosophical treatise on the future. It is based on his 1999
short story "The Engagement of Phrenicea," a fictionalized account of what will occur in
the 21st century. The story and website present a fatidic scenario predicting
the ultimate outcome of the Internet and biotechnology
revolutions — which in turn affect all
aspects of "post-postmodern" life.
Herman believes that the trend toward distributed
computing à la the Internet, will do
an incredible about-face.
John strongly believes
that by envisioning the future, we are inevitably drawn to scrutinize the
present — or better still, vitalized to become more actively
involved in steering its course.
Especially challenging, unlike
the study of the past, is the lack of data from the future
to work with. The tendency then is to extrapolate present trends,
which in many cases are already steering towards conditions not in
the best interests of the individual, society, or the environment —
local or global.
Herman, a self-described contrarian, believes that the current trend toward distributed
computing and information dispersion, à la the Internet, will do
an incredible bouleversement, where all information and access to it will
be centralized and controlled by a single entity — none other than Phrenicea!
This and other over-the-top scenarios depicted on the Phrenicea site often
instigate a rise out of visitors resulting in "eloquent" emails.