38 predictions about the future of tech, science, and humanity

Predicting the future.

What does the future of humanity hold?  Looking ahead at our future is an integral part of human nature.  Information Is Beautiful Studio have compiled 38 predictions about the future of tech, science, and humanity in general — with an educated guess as to their odds of actually becoming reality. (infographic)

 

 

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Researchers analyzing New York Times archives to predict the future

Researchers are creating software that analyzes 22 years of New York Times archives, Wikipedia and about 90 other web resources to predict the future.

Microsoft and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers are creating software that analyzes 22 years of New York Times archives, Wikipedia and about 90 other web resources to predict future disease outbreaks, riots and deaths — and hopefully prevent them.

 

 

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16 futuristic predictions that came true in 2012

Nicknamed “Blade Runner,” South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius competed in the Olympic Games in 2012.

Just how futuristic did things become in 2012?  at the Olympic Games we watched a cyborg compete.  We marveled at the news that NASA was actually working on a faster-than-light warp drive. 2012 also featured the planet’s first superstorm, the development of an artificial retina — and primates who had their intelligence enhanced with a chip. Here are 16 predictions that came true in 2012.

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Five technologies IBM predicts will be possible in the next 5 years

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What if a computer could let us “feel” the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff or  taste of a meal we’re thinking of preparing? it’s all within the realm of possibility in the next 5 years, according to IBM’s list of technologies it thinks are on the cusp of adoption.

 

 

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Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future

Futurist Thomas Frey:  When is the last time you heard a statement that caused you to stop dead in your tracks?

It doesn’t happen very often, but for each of us, there are a few unusual sound bites that will permeate our senses and sway our thinking.

 

 

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Top 20 tech trends for 2013

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It’s almost the end of 2012.  Instead of looking back at the significant tech trends of 2012 we are going to look ahead to the near future, 2013.  Being in the near future, these technologies are highly feasible.  You will be hearing a lot more about these trends within the next 10 months and could possibly be experiencing them in some for or another.

Here’s the second annual list of Tech Trend predictions for the coming year.

 

 

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Testing the black swan theory

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Self-confessed sceptic Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s bestseller The Black Swan ridicules the idea of predicting the future. Instead, he argues that the world is dominated by the impact of rare, unforeseen, random, highly improbable and yet influential events. These Black Swans, he says, happen abruptly, coming from outside the range of our vision.

 

 

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Five predictions on the future of gamification

Gamification – integrating game dynamics into your site, service, community, content or campaign, in order to drive participation.

Margaret Wallace, chief executive of Playmatics and moderator at the the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab event on gamification, asked where gamification, or the use of game-play mechanics in non-game applications, is going next. In 15 seconds or less, the panelists answered.

 

 

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The Eight Critical Value Points of A Futurist

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Futurist Thomas Frey: As a Futurist, people often ask me how many of my predictions have come true. I find this to be a rather uncomfortable question. It’s uncomfortable, not because my track record hasn’t been up to par (actually, a high percentage have come true), but because accuracy of predictions is a poor way of measuring the value of a Futurist.

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Will “going to college” become obsolete?

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What should children in K-12 be learning today?

Anna Padte: I am giving a talk next week on Education in the 21st Century. When parents think about their child’s education, K-12, it is often focused on the goal of getting to a good if not excellent college. In updating my research for this talk, I dug deep into the future of American higher education and came upon some gait-stopping ideas.

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