Predicting the Future


Desk Research: Essays and Interviews on the Future

The initial listing of predictions about the future has been collected from our previous years' efforts and other recommended sources.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • 12 Tech Trends Higher Education Cannot Afford to Ignore
    http://www.educationdive.com/news/12-tech-trends-higher-education-cannot-afford-to-ignore/156188/
    Lev Gonick, the VP for information technology services and CIO at Case Western Reserve University and CEO of OneCommunity lays out important points concerning the future of education and campus IT. - Gavin Gavin Oct 13, 2013 - Pieter.Swager Pieter.Swager Oct 14, 2013 - deirdre.butler deirdre.butler Oct 15, 2013 - Jean-Pierre.Berthet Jean-Pierre.Berthet Oct 16, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 16, 2013, [- kiira.karkkainen kiira.karkkainen Nov 3, 2013]
  • Can OpenCourseWare Widen Europe's Science and Technology Skills-Base?
    http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/mar/26/opencourseware-stem-europe-student-admissions
    Technology is fundamentally reshaping how we work, socialise and communicate, but too few European students are opting tothe subjects that will give them the skills to work in our innovation-led economy. This reality has prompted 55 universities from 31 EU countries to work together to harness the 'open' movement to widen scientific learning in Europe's universities and improve the uptake and quality of technology and scientific. - Jeroen.Bottema Jeroen.Bottema Oct 14, 2013- paul paul Oct 15, 2013, [- kiira.karkkainen kiira.karkkainen Nov 3, 2013]
  • Can Services Really Keep European Companies Secure?
    http://gigaom.com/2013/07/25/can-private-cloud-services-really-keep-european-companies-secure/
    Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a key pillar of the cloud revolution, giving developers a hosted platform on which to create and test new applications without having to think about the underlying infrastructure. Recent data collection controversies however, have incited scepticism as to whether a private PaaS can really be as secure as necessary. - stefania.aceto stefania.aceto Oct 14, 2013
  • DNA Storage: The Code that Could Save Civilisation
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130724-saving-civilisation-in-one-room
    Two scientists believe we can store all the world’s knowledge in DNA. The cycle of obsolescence that all data-storing technologies go through is a current problem for storing knowledge, but living things have been storing information in DNA since the dawn of life, including the instructions for building every human, animal, bacterium and plant. This is a that will never go obsolete.
  • Future Computers Will Emulate Human Brain
    http://www.neurope.eu/article/future-computers-will-emulate-human-brain
    Scientists from IBM unveiled on 8 August a software ecosystem designed for programming silicon chips that have an architecture inspired by the function, low external image arrow-10x10.png, and compact volume of the brain. The technology could enable a new generation of intelligent sensor networks that mimic the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition.
  • The Future of Learning, Networked Society
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=quYDkuD4dMU
    Produced by Ericsson, this short documentary interviews leaders and visionaries in the field of educational technology, as well as technologists in developing countries, to paint a picture of what the future of learning can be. - Jeroen.Bottema Jeroen.Bottema Oct 14, 2013 - stefania.aceto stefania.aceto Oct 14, 2013 - tiina.sarisalmi tiina.sarisalmi Oct 15, 2013 - deirdre.butler deirdre.butler Oct 15, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 16, 2013
  • Future Profile of Teachers - Jef Staes [VIDEO]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IbFQHz1K4Q
    In this 3 min. video, Jef Staes, a thought leader in learning and, describes what innovation looks like as he sees-- a process called "3D smarting" -- which takes into account the passions of the students with the objectives of the teacher, resulting in a system where both parties learn from each other. - helga helga Oct 11, 2013 - Jeroen.Bottema Jeroen.Bottema Oct 14, 2013 - stefania.aceto stefania.aceto Oct 14, 2013 - Pieter.Swager Pieter.Swager Oct 14, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 16, 2013
  • The Future of Tablets in: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/the-future-of-tablets-in-education-potential-vs-reality/
    This is the first of a four-part series investigating and explaining how to overcome the challenge of integrating technology in an impactful way. Using the iPad as an example, this will explain how teachers can take students on a journey from consumption of media to curation, creation, and connection. - helga helga Oct 11, 2013 - Jeroen.Bottema Jeroen.Bottema Oct 14, 2013- u.simmetsberger u.simmetsberger Oct 15, 2013- paul paul Oct 15, 2013 - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Oct 15, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 16, 2013
  • Google Chairman: 6 Predictions for Our Digital Future
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/tech/web/eric-schmidt-google-book/index.html
    Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has co-authored a book with Jared Cohen, a former U.S. State Department terrorism adviser who now heads up Google Ideas, the company's think tank. In it, the authors consider what our world will be like when everyone on Earth is connected digitally. This article six predictions from the book. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Oct 14, 2013
  • Keen On… The Mobile Future: Why It Might Not Happen
    http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/06/keen-on-the-future-why-it-might-not-happen/
    Ericsson CTO, Ulf Ewaldsson says there will be a thousand fold increase in mobile traffic over the next five years and today’s 4G networks aren’t sufficiently muscular to handle this explosion in bandwidth demand. Spectrum, he predicts, will be “more scarce than oil in the 21st century.”
  • The Nature of the Future in Education
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2013/07/the_nature_of_the_future_in_education.html
    This article and video explains a vision of Marina Gorbis, author of "The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World." Part of Gorbis's vision of the future of learning relies on adaptive technologies to personalize learning experiences, clocks that understand your brain cycles, and optical devices that allow people to create informational overlays on the real world. But the heart of her vision is that technology will enable multigenerational learning communities, allowing for ad hoc learning groups, apprenticeships crossing geographic boundaries, and a personalization of learning that comes more from building relationships between experts and learners than from algorithms serving up learning objects. The video below is an engaging introduction to some of these ideas. - stefania.aceto stefania.aceto Oct 14, 2013
  • Robots: The Droids We Are Looking For
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130620-building-a-better-robot
    Rethink Robotics chairman and CTO Rodney Brooks discusses how he sees robots affecting our lives in the future, especially for the elderly who will be able to control their own lives longer with the aid of an industrial robot.
  • Smart Cities: Sustainable Solutions for Urban Living
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130502-how-to-make-our-cities-smarter
    The Media-TIC building in Barcelona, Spain has been designed with an inflatable plastic (ETFE) skin that is regulated by a solar-powered automatic digital light sensor. It reduces heat and glare during hotter parts of the day (reducing the need for air-conditioning), while allowing the maximum light through during other parts of the day (reducing the need for electric lighting). Sensors are also used to regulate energy and resources inside the building, operating lights when movement is detected. - Jeroen.Bottema Jeroen.Bottema Oct 14, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 16, 2013
  • What's Holding Up The Internet Of Things
    http://readwrite.com/2013/06/14/whats-holding-up-the-internet-of-things#awesm=~ofEKsXOv5BntE9
    Devices on the Internet of Things may have to handle a bunch of different tasks and there is very little consensus on which protocols to use. So there is no common standard by which all devices can communicate with one another. - stefania.aceto stefania.aceto Oct 14, 2013

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