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This is what futurists in 1988 thought Los Angeles would look like today

This is what futurists in 1988 thought Los Angeles would look like today | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In 1988 the Los Angeles Times Magazine published 'L.A. 2013: A Special Report.' Written by Nicole Yorkin, the article takes a look at what daily life might look like for a typical Angeleno in the year 2013 — then 25 years away. It's a fascinating read both for what it gets correct as well as where it misses the mark.


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luiy's curator insight, March 28, 2013 7:13 AM

One area that is missed almost completely, however, is the revolution of cloud-based computing and storage. Almost all of the futuristic devices described in the piece — from an automated home gym to school desks with computer screens built right in — rely on some sort of physical storage device. One of the lone examples that doesn't hew to this paradigm is video on demand. However, the real 2013 has many more options in this realm than what's portrayed here (the fictional family has only 10 movies to choose from on their VOD service, and ordering a film requires a phone call to their cable company).

 

Futurist Syd Mead, known for Blade Runner and an assortment of other works, lends conceptual artwork he did for an unproduced television show called LA 15. It reveals a downtown Los Angeles of futuristic, sweeping lines, and while the landscape hasn't transformed to the degree he envisioned, the aesthetic does sync up nicely with buildings like the current Walt Disney Concert Hall. It's a fascinating read for anyone interested in where we are, where we thought we'd be, and where we have yet to go.

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Evolution's Next Stage

Evolution's Next Stage | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Driven by technological advances, humans are changing faster than ever. Coming soon: our next stage, Homo evolutus.

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THE CHINA SEVEN: The Huge Megatrends That Will Define China's Next Decade

THE CHINA SEVEN: The Huge Megatrends That Will Define China's Next Decade | Megatrends | Scoop.it

For nearly two decades, we've counted on China to be the perpetual growth machine that would power the world's economy.

 

But as many have observed, that era is slowly coming to an end.

 

Jefferies recently published a massive 426-page report that boils down what we can expect in this next phase of China's development.



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Joi Ito's Trends to Watch in 2013

Joi Ito's Trends to Watch in 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

MIT Media Lab has established itself as one of the world's most influential technology incubators – home to a motley collection of scientists, engineers, designers, and artists. Overseeing it all is entrepreneur and venture capitalist Joi Ito, who sees four big trends on the horizon for 2013.

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Three Ways Technology Will Transform The Future Of Business

Three Ways Technology Will Transform The Future Of Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

With cloud, mobile, social and big data advances all happening at once and at lightning speed, how will shifts in technology impact the way businesses are run? The CEO of IBM, thinks it will change everything.

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This ties beautifully in with a commentary Rasmus Rask Eriksen and I wrote for the leading Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, earlier this week. For Danish readers you'll find it here: http://www.b.dk/kronikker/den-digitale-revolution-sneg-sig-ind-ad-bagdoeren

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Gordon Gower's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:31 AM

Just three on the many... (?)

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 8:30 AM

In regard to data analytics, Ginni Rometty (the first female CEO of IBM) says the following in Forbes:

"Many more decisions will be based on predictive elements versus gut instincts." Although "leaders and managers interpret information through the lens of their subjective perspective and set of experiences", "with the incoming tsunami of information”,"those companies that are able to use data to their advantage will make better, more objective calls."

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Will it ever be possible to compute the human brain?

Will it ever be possible to compute the human brain? | Megatrends | Scoop.it
With much fanfare, eminent brain scientist Miguel Nicolelis recently declared that the brain is not computable. What does it really mean to ask if the brain is computable, and why do we care?
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The human body will be the next computer interface

The human body will be the next computer interface | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. You have probably heard a lot about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials by now.
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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 8, 2013 2:13 AM

To see the future, first we must understand the past. Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. We seem to be intrinsically built to desire this communion with the made world.


Click the headline to read this fascinating Article.

Emily Bowsher's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:51 AM

interesting 

Selena Mini's comment, March 9, 2013 4:46 AM
Great!
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How The Internet and Social Media has changed the World

How The Internet and Social Media has changed the World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

How The Internet and Social Media has changed the World – Infographic.

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The resilient society

The resilient society | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Nitin Bakshi has been studying how societies respond to disasters such as floods, terror strikes or economic slowdowns — and he’s now sharing some thoughts with a world looking for better ways to cope with such crises.
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How algorithms shape our world

How algorithms shape our world | Megatrends | Scoop.it
How complex computer programs determine everything from espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture.
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TEDx Video: Who controls the world?

James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system - say, a swarm of birds - is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.

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Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050?

Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

With internal farms, walls that convert CO2 to oxygen, and even the ability to personalize itself based on your DNA, this concept for the building of the future is a sight to behold.

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Megatrends that will change everyone's lives

Megatrends that will change everyone's lives | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Companies that can spot megatrends before their rivals gain great competitive advantages.
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The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Could you have predicted the success of the web, tablets and smartphones, privatized space travel, the rise of terrorism, or the myriad of small changes that impact how you live today?  


Forbes have gathered a group of visionaries, leaders, and big thinkers to a group of visionaries, leaders, and big thinkers to spot trends in their areas of discipline and give us insight into where we are heading. 


There will be change – sometime dramatic change – in our future, and there is.....hope.

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The Future of Talent is In Clusters

The Future of Talent is In Clusters | Megatrends | Scoop.it

An effective team is a powerful thing. Many of us have participated on teams where the members complement each other, trust each other and find ways of working that are not only effective, but also enjoyable. For teams like this, performance is typically much higher than might be expected of the sum of individuals.

 

The lesson of this blog post is: "Don't hire people; hire teams."

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How can we ensure that accelerating technological convergence enhances rather than harms humanity?

How can we ensure that accelerating technological convergence enhances rather than harms humanity? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Dramatic progress is being made in a number of important technology fields, with impacts that are hard to foresee.

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We Need Technology to Help Us Remember the Future

We Need Technology to Help Us Remember the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it
If you want to recall moments in your life, you’ve got thousands of photos and emails to help you. Forgot the details of a news story from last month? Google’s got your back.
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The Limits of China’s Consumer Revolution

The Limits of China’s Consumer Revolution | Megatrends | Scoop.it
After the global economic crisis weakened the external demand that fueled China’s economic growth over the last three decades, the country’s leaders agreed that domestic consumption must become the new engine of economic growth.
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Lady Gaga World President by 2030? Why the forecasters so often get it wrong

Lady Gaga World President by 2030? Why the forecasters so often get it wrong | Megatrends | Scoop.it

There is no denying that imagining possible futures is interesting. The problem, however, is that despite the fact scenario planning has been with us for nearly forty years now, we’re still not very good at forecasting the future.

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Are robots hurting job growth?

Are robots hurting job growth? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. A story from 60 Minutes - Includes interview with Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

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The Middle East Challenge in 2013

The Middle East Challenge in 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

After the Arab Spring of 2011, is the Middle East now facing the winter of discontent? Many Arab nations are tasked with rebuilding infrastructure, revitalising industry and finding jobs for the growing mass of unemployed.

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What’s Ahead For 2013?

What’s Ahead For 2013? | Megatrends | Scoop.it
No one fell off the fiscal cliff. The euro didn’t collapse. Greece is still in the European Union. The stock markets are rebounding. But are we still in the Twilight Zone?
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Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013

Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Game-changing ideas that could break out in the new year.
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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013

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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013 is out - Get it here. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.