Category Archives: Predictions

The Government Steps in to Reduce Information Overload

“The storekeeper and the clerk depended for their livelihood on selling the goods in your day. Of course that is all different now. The goods are the nation’s. …  

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The Value of Virtual

“The very fact that virtual possessions don’t have a physical form may actually enhance their value, researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and School of Design discovered in a study of 21 teenagers. 

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Microsoft on the Future of Search and the Web

Qi Lu, president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division (OSD), talked this evening about the future of search and the Web at Microsoft’s New England R&D Center. Here are a few highlights.

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The Future According to Google Search Results

From xkcd

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The Future is Not What it Used to Be

Many predictions are what the forecasters want the future to be or simply an extension of what they are familiar and comfortable with. It is particularly illuminating to look at predictions of our past that we can assess with the … Continue reading

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InfoStory Quotes: IT Jobs Forecasts

“As the rate of technological change in computing slows, the number of jobs for IT specialists will decelerate, then actually turn down; ten years from now, the phrase information economy will sound silly.” —Paul Krugman, 1998 “Between 1998 and 2008, … Continue reading

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This Day In Information: The Phonograph Explained

Today in 1877, Scientific American published a note that started “Mr Thomas A. Edison recently came to this office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired us to our health, asked how we … Continue reading

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This Day In Information: The NeXT Big Thing

Today in 1988, Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT Computer at Symphony Hall in San Francisco. A day or two later, I was among a standing-room only crowd at Boston’s Symphony Hall admiring the all-black, beautifully-designed “workstation” with a brand-new optical … Continue reading

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