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The future is female, BT predicts

April 25, 2007

We have had the industrial age, we have had the information economy.

But now for something different: “the care economy”, predicts BT’s Ian Pearson.

And, says Mr Pearson assuredly, women — not men — are best suited for this shift.

After years of so called soft skills – such as communication — being sidelined, they will now play center-stage.

The future is here right now, if you can read the signs

October 23, 2007

“I use Google as a metaphor for an emerging intelligence,” says European author and futurist Ray Hammond.

“Every single day that I use Google, and I use it constantly, I notice that it’s getting a little bit more capable at understanding what I mean when I don’t say precisely what I mean.

“Now, if brainpower in the computer is doubling every 12 months and Google is gathering every… read more

The Future Is Now

May 15, 2006

The Tofflers’ new book, “Revolutionary Wealth,” argues convincingly that we are on the verge of a post-scarcity world that will slash poverty and “unlock countless opportunities and new life trajectories,” at least if we avoid the rapidly escalating risks to such progress.

The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at Least

June 3, 2008

Ray Kurzweil sees biology, medicine, energy and other fields being revolutionized by information technology.

His graphs already show the beginning of exponential progress in nanotechnology, in the ease of gene sequencing, in the resolution of brain scans. With these new tools, he says, by the 2020s we’ll be adding computers to our brains and building machines as smart as ourselves.

‘The future might be a hoot’: how Iain M. Banks imagines Utopia

January 23, 2013

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For 25 years, Scottish science fiction writer Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture Series, has been writing about a utopian post-scarcity civilization managed by artificially intelligent drones known as Minds, and preoccupied by artificial intelligence, games, and interactions with other civilizations.

In the latest novel published in October, The Hydrogen Sonata, a civilization known as the Gzilt are making preparations to Sublime — in… read more

The Future Needs Futurists

October 10, 2005

Prospects for professional futurists are starting to look quite promising. As companies and government agencies grapple with the seemingly scorching rate of technological innovation and change, more are engaging the services of self-described futurists for advice on how to adapt.

The Future Needs Us!

February 3, 2003

Freeman Dyson has written a libertarian response to Michael Crichton’s novel Prey and Bill Joy’s advice to relinquish research in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics.

Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the School of Natural Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

‘The Future of Aging’ makes the scientific case for biogerontology

November 2, 2009

The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension has just been announced by Springer.

The 40 authors make the scientific case that a biological “bailout” could be on the way, and that human aging can be different in the future than it is today. Based on the future therapeutic potential of biogerontology, their paradigm-breaking proposals include sirtuin-modulating pills, new concepts for attacking cardiovascular disease and cancer, mitochondrial rejuvenation,… read more

The Future of AI

June 12, 2006

To explore the future of AI, IEEE Intelligent Systems invited well-known AI scientists to contribute articles speculating about where AI is headed and how we might get there.

This special issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Dartmouth summer workshop, which brought together the field’s lead¬ing researchers.

Articles may be downloaded free.

The Future of Babies: Artificial Wombs and Pregnant Grandmas

July 28, 2008

In a special Nature report, “Making Babies: The Next 30 Years,” scientists predict that artificial wombs and experiments on human embryos grown in the lab will be commonplace (and no big deal ethically) in 30 years, human embryos will be made from sperm and egg cells derived from pluripotent stem cells (can develop into any of the body’s cell types), labs will be able to generate sperm and eggs for… read more

The future of biomedicine: virtual humans

March 18, 2008

Scientists have recently provided a sneak preview of the future of biomedicine with a range of projects seeking to assemble virtual humans–or parts of them–on computers and “labs on a chip.”

The technology could usher in a new era of personalized medicine in which rapid tests tell doctors which treatments have the best chances of success for individual patients.

In addition, copying the brain’s chemistry is important for… read more

The future of brain-controlled devices

December 31, 2009

Researchers are using brain-computer interfaces to aid the disabled, treat diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and provide therapy for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Work is under way on devices that may eventually let you communicate with friends telepathically, give you superhuman hearing and vision or even let you download data directly into your brain, a la “The Matrix.”

Note: A New York Times article says… read more

The Future of Business Intelligence

June 22, 2004

Within three years, companies and governmental agencies will be able to successfully run analytics within a centralized data warehouse containing 1 petabyte or more of data — without performance limitations.

Over the next five years, automated banking systems will become increasingly complex by considering customer financial status and wealth, transactional history, and even family and business relationships, to produce complex man/machine interactions that resemble artificial intelligence.

The Future of Calamity

January 3, 2005

Future catastrophes — from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, mudslides, droughts, malaria, AIDS, crop failures, global warming and other causes — may be far grimmer than the recent Asian tsunami.

The future of chip manufacturing

July 1, 2011

Researchers at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) have developed a way to get the resolution of high-speed e-beam lithography (commonly used to prototype computer chips) down from 25 to just nine nanometers, allowing for smaller, faster chips.

Combined with other emerging technologies, it could point the way toward making e-beam lithography practical as a mass-production technique.

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