The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind's flaws, biases, contradictions and irrationality-without exploiting them for fun and profit
I figure we'll come pretty close. Except we won't be the ones with the cybernetic implants, like the hand blades Molly had.
I've read everything by Gibson and I think his view of the future is going to be far more close to reality than some of the more optimistic authors.
Gibson's Pattern Recognition is set "20 minutes into the future", kinda. Deals with online communities and a weird ARG. Hit real close.Snow Crash by Stephenson is much more fun, and the VR world in that novel is pretty much exactly what 2nd Life wanted to be.