Turning What-If’s Into When’s

Is it just a matter of time?  Forget your lack of a flying car for a moment and enjoy a speculative look at the future of technology between 2012 and 2040…

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Will 4K make today’s movies look like relics by the end of the decade?  Can the utility fog turn us all into Green Lanterns?  And cross your fingers for the 2020 arrival of the Reputation Economy, Ape Con Myth’s favorite, where in a post-scarcity state, “all the necessities (and most of the luxuries) of life are free for the taking,” leaving our reputations as the only guide to our worth.

Dare to dream.

[Chart by Michell Zappa via Visual Complexity]

Institute for the Future

“The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent nonprofit research group. We work with organizations of all kinds to help them make better, more informed decisions about the future.”

Here’s a peek at what they think is on tap for the coming decade…

IFTF2010MapoftheDecade(click image to go to the Map of the Decade)

[from Institute for the Future]

Acceleration Studies Foundation

Seeking no less than “an informed, optimistic, and empowered world community”, ASF promotes “a multidisciplinary and critical understanding of accelerating processes of planetary and universal change, in service to better economic, political, social, professional and personal development.”


Learn more at Accelerating.org