Category Archives: Predictions

The Origins of Blue Origin SpaceX Race and the Broadcom ‏Qualcomm Fight

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include communicating through the ether and travelling through space. On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, … Continue reading

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It’s Difficult to Make Predictions, Especially About the Future (Infographic)

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Flying Machines, 1882

From Mashable: In 1882 French illustrator Albert Robida (1848–1926) completed a wildly futuristic engraving (Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000): his vision of fashionable Parisian opera attendees, in the year 2000. In tandem, Robida wrote a science fiction trilogy … Continue reading

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The trouble with predictions: we know where we want to go but futurists don’t know how to get there

From the Pew Research Center: More than 30 years ago, the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, produced a book-length report on the development and potential impacts of electronic information technologies. What’s impressive is how much the … Continue reading

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The Present is Not What it Used to Be: Asimov’s 1964 Predictions for 2014

Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014 The New York Times August 16, 1964 By ISAAC ASIMOV The New York World’s Fair of 1964 is dedicated to “Peace Through Understanding.” Its glimpses of the world of tomorrow rule out thermonuclear warfare. … Continue reading

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

‘You made a will yet, Morse?’ ‘Not much to leave, really.’ ‘All these records of yours, surely?’ ‘Bit out of date, I’m afraid. We’re all buying CDs now.’ ‘Perhaps they’ll be out of date soon.’ Morse nodded. Strange was not … Continue reading

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First Computer-Based Predictions of Presidential Elections

Today in 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected U.S. President, taking over 55% of the popular vote and winning 39 of the 48 states. It was the first time two of the major television networks used computers to predict the … Continue reading

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Envisioning Television, 1908 and 2013

Today in 1908, Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton published a letter in the journal Nature titled “Distant Electric Vision” in which he envisioned television as it was developed three decades later. He wrote: “Possibly no photoelectric phenomenon at present known will provide what … Continue reading

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A Very Short History of IT

If you were asked to name the top three events in the history of computer technology (or the history of what came to be known as the IT industry), which ones would you choose? Here’s my very short list: June … Continue reading

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The Future of Liabraries (Infographic)

“The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services … Continue reading

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