At the end of the 19th century, when physicians were just learning about sterilization of surgical implements, the introduction of x-rays was met with suspicion and fear. One hundred years later, the x-ray is handled with great respect, but it would be hard to imagine a medical or dental health clinic without it. Today, as we approach the end of the 20th century, we stand on the cusp of several embryonic technological surges. As in the past, there are some who are reticent about embracing new ways of diagnosing and treating disease. Lasers, robotics, imaging and virtual reality, the interactive information superhighway--I want to share with you my views of how these terms that didn't exist 100 years ago will impact medicine over the next 100 years beyond belief. And how that impact will begin much sooner than you think...by the year 2001.