Category Archives: Predictions

In 2013 the internet will become a mostly mobile medium

  Source: The Economist, Morgan Stanley

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Yesterday’s Futures: The Limits of Our Vision

In 1969, the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, U.K., produced a video titled “Telecommunications services for the 1990s.” Predictably, it extrapolates from the reality (no distortion here) of the telephone network of the 1960s. Only the transmission is digital; the rest … Continue reading

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The Future of Mobile

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The Coming Tumblverse

Source: XKCD

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Computers and Health Care

“The development of our information processing industry is basically governed by longer term super-cycles… Analyses of what computational environments will facilitate can be mind-boggling. To offer just one example, health care delivery will be revolutionized by 1990, with most large … Continue reading

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“There You Have Electronic Television”

Today in 1927, Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device he called an “image dissector.”

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The Paperless Office of the Future, Still

News from IDC today: “Not Dead Yet: Printed Page Volume to Reach 1.2 Trillion in the U.S. by 2015.”

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A Brief History of Computer Graphics and What’s Next

One way to look at the history of computer graphics is to look at eras, giving each era a name. For example, the middle 50’s to the early 60’s was the “beginnings” era. The early 60’s to the late 60’s … Continue reading

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A Robot in Every Home?

Today in 1984, a factory robot in Jackson, Michigan, crushed a 34 year-old worker in the first ever robot-related death in the United States.  The robot thus violated Issac Asimov’s First Law of Robotics, “A robot may not injure a human … Continue reading

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Tipping Point for the Internet of Things and Connected Cows

In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. This according to a Cisco Infographic on the Internet of Things today and tomorrow. One Internet of Things start-up it mentions is Sparked, … Continue reading

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