As we eagerly anticipate the announcement by Apple of their latest device, we look forward to the future. And as we eagerly anticipate Facebook’s introduction of their Timeline feature, we look forward to sharing our past (well, at least some people are).
One of the most exciting aspects of personal technology is that you feel as if you are entering into a future world when a new gadget is introduced. In fact that’s true. When you get your first smartphone, eReader or computer, you are taking a step into the future.
Technology is a big part of our future. We may think we know what’s ahead for technology, but then a new product is introduced that changes our perceptions 180°.
Does anyone really know what the future holds? Futurists study the past trends to predict the future. Beyond satisfying curiosity, futurists can warn us of impending doom if our actions are not changed. Traffic patterns, land use codes, global warming, energy usage and medical breakthroughs will all have an impact on our future. By planning ahead we may be able to avert disastrous consequences in our and our children’s future.
Futurist Will Fox of London has developed a Future Timeline based upon predictions of futurists and anyone else interested in participating in this collaborative project. His interactive website, Future Timeline, is a fascinating compilation of past and future events. Future Timeline begins in the year 2000 and continues year by year, then decade by decade, and on and on until the year 10100 AD.
This is a website you can easily explore and ponder for days as you consider all of the possible outcomes of the predictions made on this site. Complete with pictures, interactive graphics, and charts to show where we are headed, this website combines the exciting with the sobering. A cure for the common cold, high speed rail lines, regenerated limbs and teeth for accident victims, and texts from your thoughts could all be around the corner. But so could economic disasters, widespread energy crises and the disappearance of habitable land.
The site’s predictions about personal technology range from the “can’t wait to have it” gadgets to warnings that Big Brother (as in George Orwell’s novel 1984, not the tv reality show) will become an increasing factor in our lives.
Will the Internet continue to expand or will it overload and crash? Will microchips reach their capacity in processing power and miniaturization? Will our wallets be completely replaced by our smartphones?
So what does the future hold? As we speculate about the next device that will become the “must have” tech of the year, check out the Future Timeline’s predictions for 2012. What happens when the Mayan calendar ends? Will there be a cure for baldness? What new gaming device will be launched?
You can check out predictions at Future Timeline for future years and decades to see what major events will affect the world. What are the predictions for the years your children will reach 25 years of age? When you turn 100? When you retire at 65?
Are these authors harbingers of doom or sage prophets? Are they warning us of the consequences of our actions or causing unnecessary worry? Reading a news report about the London Olympics in 2012 as if it has already happened is entertaining. Reading about the massive displacement of residents of Bangladesh due to flooding seems more like a science fiction disaster novel.
Do we care about predictions of the future? Do we want to know? Check out Future Timeline for some promising and scary predictions. Then check out this fun video for an exciting view of what is in store for us:
Do you think we can predict the future? Are you more exited or afraid of what the future holds? Are you curious about what awaits us or do you want to wait and see what happens? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Image by Trey Ratcliff