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Tech Trendspotting For The Future 59

Dylan Knight Rogers writes to mention a CNN article about an annual 10-year forecast of tech trends. Lots of analysts produce forecasts, but the Institute of the Future goes one step further by crafting artifacts from the future: "mocked-up products claiming to be from, say, 2009. You might go to an IFTF presentation and see baskets of finessed fruit that promise cognitive enhancement. Or you might wake up in the hotel where the IFTF seminar was being held to find your newspaper dated 10 years hence."
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Tech Trendspotting For The Future

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  • Re:RFID (Score:3, Informative)

    by smallfries ( 601545 ) on Saturday June 10, 2006 @06:09AM (#15508275) Homepage
    What you are after isn't RFID. There are indoor ultrasonic positioning systems that do what you are asking for. The transmitters are about RFID tag size. The batteries don't last forever but the time between recharges is getting better all the time and for an application like this they could have a really long sleep cycle between pulses.
  • Accurate (Score:4, Informative)

    by Enderandrew ( 866215 ) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday June 10, 2006 @06:49AM (#15508337) Homepage Journal
    I find it funny that companies that are paid big money to forecast the future are so often wrong.

    However, there are virtual stock markets where people predict the future in regards to news, sports, movies, etc. More often than not, these are correct. [] [] [] []
  • Past Predictions (Score:3, Informative)

    by Chatmag ( 646500 ) <> on Saturday June 10, 2006 @08:01AM (#15508490) Homepage Journal
    First, no old jokes.

    I remember the NY Worlds Fair from 1964 and the technological exhibits that showed us the world of the future. And what about EPCOT? Another prediction of how we'll all live in the future. Most of the predictions didn't come true, yet it did cause us to think of what was possible.

    Edison said every failed project taught him what did not work, in order to find those projects that did work.

    Just one example of what may work. The fruit laced with drugs. That may work in countries where a particular drug would have to be refrigerated, but cannot due to the lack of infrastructure. Perhaps the drug would be able to be administered without losing its effectivness via a native fruit which needs no refrigeration.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan