Future Trends and Forecasts

The World Future Society focuses attention on two major trend areas—Aging and Biotechnology—which span across a wide range of other important trends. As the world marks the remarkable achievement of 1 billion people over age 60 by 2020—and 2.2 million centenarians by 2050—look for incredible challenges in the health-care system, as well as opportunities in the economy. Much of the success of increased longevity is due to biotechnology, which will lead to such breakthroughs as “immortal skin” for burn victims and organ and tissue regeneration.

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ICANN – An Attempt to Become Its Own Global Government

ICANN CEO Stuart Lynn today released a plan for a “strong” ICANN that would have 5 of 15 Board members selected directly by governments and the rest by registrars, registries, plus a few Board-squatter-like ringers chosen by the ICANN Board or staff. The main justifications offered for this shift are that in order to be “strong” ICANN needs more money, more support, and less “process”. Of course, promises Lynn, ICANN’s “core values of openness and broad participation” should be “preserved”. Oh yes, ICANN wants a much bigger budget, and to be independent of the US Dept. of Commerce, and to get direct control of the root server operators too, all so as to ensure that ICANN has unimpeded ability to execute its “mission”. ICANN was supposed to save the Internet from governments; now it looks like they’re trying to become one.
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In Whom Do We Trust

Business 2.0 has conducted a survey to determine the businesses, people and organizations that we trust the most. Secretary of State Colin Powell is hard to beat when 91% of the people rate him as highly credible. In media circles, the Wall Street Journal rates the highest at 81%. In the area of business figures, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan beats out Bill Gates and Michael Eisner with 81%. More here.
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Inventor Boot Camp to Launch in Two Weeks

This one-day intensive workshop is designed to give serious inventors the straight scoop on how to take an idea and bring it to market. The Inventor Boot Camp is a one-of-a-kind event with one of the best presentation staffs in the invention industry. Created by a crack team of innovative thinkers, the Boot Camp is an extremely powerful event. The Boot Camp launches March 9, 2002 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. Enroll now, only a few seats left.
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Safeway to Again Offer Home Delivery Via the Net

One of the nation’s largest grocery chains, Safeway will begin offering home delivery to more than 50 neighborhoods in the Sacramento area, said David Bowlby, a Safeway spokesman.

The move comes less than a month after Safeway began testing home delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area, the U.S. region with the highest per capital Internet usage. When asked when Safeway intended to launch operations in San Francisco, Bowlby replied: “Soon. Very soon.”

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The Future of High Speed Trains

For years, proponents of high-speed rail projects in the United States have depicted a future where business travelers could zip from city to city by train over many of the short hops now done by air.

But the fiscal and political turmoil currently enveloping Amtrak may make some wonder about that future, amid proposals that the debt-ridden rail passenger system be broken up and privatized, with some of its long-distance routes perhaps history.

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Florida Man Stabbed with Swordfish in Fight

Reuters reports, “A Florida fisherman was recovering on Friday after being stabbed with the bill of a swordfish during a fight with another man, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Police arrested Frank Ashmus, 46, and Garth Spacek, 42, on Thursday after the two fishermen allegedly started fighting near a dock in Madeira Beach, a small city on Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

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Water on Mars?

News24 reports, “Huge amounts of water – enough to cause catastrophic floods – gushed out of fissures onto the surface of Mars relatively recently, scientists who analysed photographs of the red planet said on Wednesday.

The deluge washed the equivalent of one and a quarter times the water found in Lake Erie onto the surface of the planet near its equator, carving out a series of tear-shaped mesas.”

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The Future of Smart Materials

A professor at CalTech in Pasadena, Calif., 37-year-old Kaushik Bhattacharya is one of the most promising young theoreticians in the field of smart materials. These substances hold significant promise for everything from creating smaller and more efficient optical switches to building highways that can report when their surface needs repair.

By going all the way down to atomic levels, scientists are learning to make hybrid “active” substances with a host of unique abilities
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