In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Elfreth Watkins made a number of predictions about what the world would be like in 2000…. read more via the BBC. I just ran across this image of Watkins’ predictions from 1900, and thought they would make a very good 2013 kick-off / happy new year post. Some of my favs: Hot and cold air from spigots Ready-cooked meals will be bought Automobiles will be cheaper than horses Areal war-ships Found via buzzfeed How res download
3.) Mind reading: no longer science fiction. Hand-written letters and the typewriter have fallen from grace, and speaking on the telephone may be heading in the same direction. However, rather than keying in a number or using voice-activated assistants on your smartphone, what if you could simply “think” about calling someone and it happens? IBM thinks this is not only could become a factor in our daily lives, but such technology could be used to help understand brain disorders including autism.
Gerd Leonhard no predice, sino que pronostica lo que podremos vivir –tecnológicamente hablando– en unos cuatro o cinco años. El futuro parece positivo, pero existen retos ante los cuales parece que no estamos del todo preparados. La necesidad de crear un verdadero ecosistema de negocios, el adaptarnos a las plataformas móviles y el aprender a manejar nuestra privacidad, serán parte de esos retos.