THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond
Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in their magazine to go into their annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, the 2008 financial crisis and the end of the Cold War. But these forecasts are meant as conversation starters, not absolute predictions about the future. With no further ado, THE FUTURIST Magazine’s top ten forecasts for 2013 and beyond.
1. Neuroscientists may soon be able to predict what you’ll do before you do it.
2. Future cars will become producers of power rather than merely consumers.
3. An aquaponic recycling system in every kitchen?
4. The economy may become increasingly jobless, but there will be plenty of Work
5. The next space age will launch after 2020, driven by competition and “adventure capitalists.”
6. The “cloud” will become more intelligent, not just a place to store data.
7. Corporate reputations will be even more important to maintain, due to the transparency that will come with augmented reality.
8. Robots will become gentler caregivers in the next 10 years.
9. We’ll harness noise vibrations and other “junk” energy from the environment to power our gadgets.
10. A handheld “breathalyzer” will offer early detection of infections microbes and even chemical attacks.