Magazine article The Futurist

Connected: A Future That's Better Than We Think?

Magazine article The Futurist

Connected: A Future That's Better Than We Think?

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It may seem a bit technotopian to praise the gifts that will soon be coming to us from the world's leading innovators, but Peter H. Diamandis (chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation) and his co-author, journalist Steven Kotler, make an excellent case. In "The Abundance Builders" (page 14), they profile just a few of the researchers making significant breakthroughs in biotechnology, networks and sensors, digital manufacturing, "infinite" computing, medicine, and nanomaterials.

Looking more specifically at the impacts of accelerated computer processing (such as the advent of "big data"), Intel futurist Brian David Johnson explains the importance of getting our algorithms and systems to "think" and behave more like human beings. (See "The Secret Life of Data in the Year 2020," page 20.)

Also in this issue, media analysts Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman offer two scenarios of how this world of big data and universal connectivity may play out. Will it make our connections and collaborations fluid and seamless, or will competing interests make such connectivity difficult, intrusive, and treacherous? (See "The Individual in a Networked World: Two Scenarios," page 24. …

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