Tagged With futurism

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Futurist Amy Webb has led the Future Today Institute since today... was the future. That sounds less profound than we hoped, but Webb’s work is profound.

Since Webb founded it in 2006, Future Today has analysed trends in culture and technology for clients including Microsoft, American Express, Univision (Lifehacker US’ current parent company), the White House and the US Federal Reserve. She’s also published two books and given the TED talk “How I Hacked Dating”.

We talked to her about the perfect carry-on bag, differences between media technology around the world, and the method her Institute uses to efficiently break up their work day.

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Normally, the things around us become damaged after experiencing an unexpected disruption or shock. But there are aspects to our world that actually get better after a setback. Here's why things that don't kill us can sometimes make us stronger.

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As humans, we're always making bad choices. At the same time, we really hate to be told what to do -- even if what we're being told is a good idea. This conundrum could be solved with a futuristic concept called "soft paternalism". Here's how public and private institutions could nudge us in the right direction -- without violating our liberty.

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25 years ago, the concept of web designers, app developers and social media managers would have seemed like pure science fiction. Nowadays, they're just jobs like any other. This has often made us wonder about the fanciful occupations that may be commonplace in years to come. In this video, ExplainingTheFuture's Christopher Barnatt offers ten intriguing possibilities...

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Leading design and user interface company Adaptive Path released a series of concept videos that show how they envision the web will work in the future called Aurora. Designed and narrated by Jesse James Garrett ( a.k.a. "the AJAX guy"), Aurora shows off some advanced tech in everyday life situations in four parts. If you missed our previous coverage of the Aurora launch early this week, get the full set of four video clips right here.

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What will browsing the web be like a decade from now? Leading design and UI company Adaptive Path offers one possible answer in a new concept video series called Aurora. Jesse James Garrett (the guy who coined the term AJAX) designed and narrated part one of a video series demonstrating what the future of the web might look like. There's some gorgeous, imaginative, and high-tech stuff going on here—hit the play button below to watch.

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Sci-fi blog IO9 takes a look at the future of social software and says that while we may be worried about its hit on our productivity, in the future we may need to work about whether it will actually make our jobs obsolete.Their interview with interactive telecommunications professor Clay Shirky on the future of social software and communications asks if freely produced user generated content will lead us to a world in which content producers won't get paid. He says we're creating a whole new social environment, not just new forms of content. The gist of it seems to be that your greatest potential for survival in the new online world order is to be one of the builders of this new world (eg create a social network or application that works) or be the top of your niche in content production.Will efficient social software take your job away?

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A poll of senior managers in the UK about what they expect the workforce to look like in 2018 shows they're expecting trends like remote working and home working to become the norm.The Guardian's written up an interesting article on the results of the poll, which was conducted by the Chartered Management Institute. They say it's the "first attempt by captains of industry and commerce
to predict how their organisations may look 10 years in the future."The poll of 1,000 senior executives found that 74% expected that distributed, "virtual teams of employees", would become the norm by 2018. It also predicted a proliferation of "virtual" companies, often small community-based enterprises without conventional business premises.Not that radical an idea is it? I know heaps of computing and writing types who already work this way.Wave goodbye to the nine to five