Abstract. I will describe, to the best of my understanding, the relationship between virtual knots and the Etingof-Kazhdan quantization of Lie bialgebras, and explain why, in my humble opinion, both topologists and algebraists should care. I am not happy yet about the state of my understanding of the subject but I haven't lost hope of achieving happiness, one day.
Talk video. , Handout. FactsAndDreams.html, FactsAndDreams.pdf, FactsAndDreams.png. Source files. FactsAndDreams.zip. Pensieve. 2011-05, 2011-09. Earlier Version. SwissKnots-1105.