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Innovation spaces of the future: research notes on China's shanzhai meeting the Makers

Over a few months in early 2011, in the course of doing research for an IFTF Tech Horizons Program’s study on the future of “open fabrication,” I convened what turned out to be a remarkable, free-wheeling conversation among a set of pioneering thinker/makers in China, Singapore, and the U.S.

Announcing the 2011 Technology Horizons Research Agenda!

The second decade of the new millennium will be about finding our footing to survive and thrive in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world. As we begin the decade, the 2011 Technology Horizons program will conduct a ten-year scan on the future of science and technology to identify the most important emerging conceptual and practical frameworks
for new growth. We will also drill down into three areas that are poised for disruptive change: energy, manufacturing, and how children are experiencing new technologies.



the neuroscience of information obesity

I recently heard a podcast of a lecture given by Dr. David Kessler, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and author of The End of Overeating. He discussed recent research showing that given an unlimited supply of highly varied kinds of food, animals will overeat and become overweight. It happens to mice, to monkeys, and to humans.

Is the Web drowning out your future self?

Every year The Edge organization asks a "world question" and Edge members answer it in short essays.  Question 2010 is: How is the Internet changing the way you think? 

Avatar maximization: a future skill?

If you use an avatar to communicate with others, you might want to consider how your avatar is priming others to respond to you. 

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Future of Persuasion: Core research questions

Here are the core research questions we'll be asking over the next five months.  

1. What are the new directions of change in persuasive tech

In particular, we will track RT data/activity streams, modeling/simulation, augmented reality, video, haptic interfaces, mobile supercomputing with the cloud, and the cognitive web. 

Future of Persuasion: Future As Persuasion

We're excited to begin collecting our thoughts--and yours, if you want to contribute--to the Future of Persuasion:Future as Persuasion project blog.  

The basics

WHO: team of researchers at the Institute for the Future.  In alphabetical order: Mathias Crawford, Vivian Distler, Jake Dunagan, Tessa Finlev, Lyn Jeffery, Bradley Kreit, Mike Liebhold, Jason Tester + friends...to come

WHAT: gather thoughts, research, links, examples, prototypes, of emerging technologies, tools, design interventions, and strategies shaping the future of persuasion.   

Fieldnotes from the Iran twitterstream

Perhaps you've been like me, glued to the twitterstreams about Iran over the past days.  It's been compelling watching, a new kind of media experience delivered not only in tweet-sized bits but in the knitting together of multiple media forms and sources.  As Clay Shirky points out in his articulate way in an interview posted the Tedblog yesterday, we're seeing the media invent itself in real time.

Hello? Most Americans NOT superempowered IT people

It's never too often, in my opinion, to be reminded that MOST PEOPLE in the United States do not use a lot of the things that most of us at IFTF, and perhaps you, reading this, already take for granted. 

new friends for China, new U.S.-Sino p2p cooperation

A new kind of American is beginning to engage with China.

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