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Just How Bad Will the Current Economic Crisis Get?

October 10 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Economics   Year: General   Rating: 1

“As GM goes, so goes America.” – Let’s all hope that famous maxim doesn’t apply now.

Yesterday General Motors stock closed below $6 for the first time since the 1950s. Then last night, the financial woes worsened as most foreign stock markets plunged between 4% and 9%. Now this morning we’re all left wondering, “Just how bad will this get? Are we nearing the worst of this crisis?”

Here’s a CNN summary of the action:

Some economists are optimistic that we’re nearing the bottom, but many others are bracing for another Great Depression.

What do you think?

Just How Bad Will the Current Economic Crisis Get?

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What Augmented Reality Might Look Like

June 06 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Communication   Year: General   Rating: 4 Hot

Augmented reality will become a widespread reality once projectors, visual recognition system and computers processors get cheap enough and companies develop compelling software for it.

Here’s a very cool and comprehensive vision of what that future might look like:


How soon will the augmented reality systems in the above video become a widespread commercial reality?

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David Houle on the Benefits of Space-Based Solar

June 06 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Space   Year: General   Rating: 1

Futurist David Houle of EvolutionShift is confident space-based solar power can answer our rising energy needs, while fueling a nascent private space industry during its critical early stages.

Dixon: Death of Paper More Than a Decade Away

June 02 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: General   Rating: 2

In his latest YouTube video futurist Patrick Dixon says paper use is up because it “has this extraordinary capacity to deliver bandwidth to human beings” due to higher resolution as compared to digital screens.

“The sheer physicality of books makes them supremely readable. It’s a very high definition source for the eye,” says Dixon, adding that books are “very convenient. You can read through [them] incredibly quickly. You can flip pages around.”

As to how long will paper continue to dominate communication, Dixon forecasts that the industry “will continue for a very long time despite all the advances that are being talked about for the next 10 years.”

Will humans still use paper (as we know it) to a great extent in the year 2030?

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Future Robots Will Be Transformers

May 29 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 9 Hot

If you’re a big Transformers fan, as am I, then you’re going to dig this video of a new robot that can drive on wheels one moment, then reconfigure to walk on eight legs the next:

Seeing this functional version of a bot that can change its form leads me to believe that multi-function, multi-shape robots are likely to be the future. I mean, why not cram as many features as you can into a single robot? We’re already doing that with every other device ever made.

Web Video Viewers to Grow 4x by 2013

May 28 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Entertainment   Year: 2013   Rating: 2 Hot

A new study from ABI Research forecasts the number of viewers who access video via the Web to nearly quadruple in the next few years, reaching at least one billion in 2013. “

“The rapid expansion of broadband video creates opportunities across a number of market sectors,” comments senior analyst Cesar Bachelet. “A wide variety of actors aim to gain a share of this fast-growing market: not only content owners such as the BBC and NBC Universal, and Internet portals such as AOL and Yahoo!, but also a range of new entrants including user-generated content sites such as YouTube and Dailymotion, broadband video sites such as CinemaNow and Lovefilm, and Internet TV providers such as Apple, and Zattoo

Sparked by increasing broadband penetration and rising connection speeds available to a growing percentage of the world’s population, online video is growing as quickly as the supporting infrastructure can be built. (cont.)

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The Future of Tennis

May 22 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Entertainment   Year: Beyond   Rating: 4 Hot

Here’s a cool vision created by tennis equipment manufacturer Lacoste of the sport as it may look 75 years from now:

My hunch is that if tennis does evolve in such a direction that robotic exoskeletons and augmented reality will make this vision possible sometime before 2030.

Will tennis still be a around in 2030?

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Real-Life Winged Rocketman Flies Like Ironman

May 16 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Transportation   Year: 2008   Rating: 2 Hot

How long would it take for this guy to deliver your pizza?

This rocket man is a trained pilot and engineer, so it doesn’t look like us laymen will be flying with these wings any time soon, but I can see a lot of benefits such as first medical response, amazing camera work, high-speed delivery and of course military applications. However, I am optimistic that going tandem will be a near term option.

In which year will a Paramedic Rocketeer first save a patient?

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Extinction Timeline Through 2050

May 05 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Culture   Year: Beyond   Rating: 7 Hot

Wondering when national currencies, intimacy, natural childbirth and Rocky films will go the way of the dodo? Here’s a fun timeline of extinction events for the 1950-2050 range by futurist and Future Trends Book author Richard Watson:

Intel's Mash Maker: The Web Evolves?

April 22 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Social Media   Year: 2008   Rating: 2 Hot

“What if you could take data elements from multiple websites and mash them together into a single, integrated view?”

Intel’s new Mash Maker, a suped-up take on Yahoo Pipes, now allows us web surfers to take pieces of sites and to assemble them into a single super-site. It’s kind of like RSS, but instead of modules of standardized text feeds you can clip most of the visual and interactive portions of sites that you find useful. Like Pipes, the data flowing through these micro interfaces can be threaded together to make for more efficient browsing, seaching, sorting experiences. For example, you can use Mash Maker to easily connect your Facebook friends’ profiles with a google map, creating a image of where they’re all located on a map that’s located on the same page as the profiles.

Overall, Intel’s new product represents the next stage in user-friendly web mashing and is a big step up from the less accessible Yahoo Pipes. It’s most powerful feature may well prove it’s ability to suggest pre-made mashups as you browse. If it can attain critical mass, this may be the the first web masher to gain incredible market share – it looks as though it’s got a shot. Otherwise, we’ll just have to wait for an improved version or a slicker, more dummy proof product from Company X to truly transform our web browsing experience. Either way, big changes in the way we browse are coming sooner or later, but definitely within 2 years, or so I’m betting.

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