THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond

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Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our 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. We hope that this report--covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology--inspires you to tackle the challenges, and seize the opportunities, of the coming decade.

With no further ado, THE FUTURIST Magazine releases its top ten forecasts for 2013 and beyond.

Video by FUTURIST magazine editor Cynthia G. Wagner.

1. Neuroscientists may soon be able to predict what you’ll do before you do it.

The intention to do something, such as grasp a cup, produces blood flow to specific areas of the brain, so studying blood-flow patterns through neuroimaging could give researchers a better idea of what people have in mind. One potential application is improved prosthetic devices that respond to signals from the brain more like actual limbs do, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. World Trends & Forecasts, Jan-Feb 2012, p. 10

2. Future cars will become producers of power rather than merely consumers.

A scheme envisioned at the Technology University of Delft would use fuel cells of parked electric vehicles to convert biogas or hydrogen into more electricity. And the owners would be paid for the energy their vehicles produce. Tomorrow in Brief, Mar-Apr 2012, p. 2

3. An aquaponic recycling system in every kitchen?

Future "farmers" may consist of householders recycling their food waste in their own aquariums. An aquaponic system being developed by SUNY ecological engineers would use leftover foods to feed a tank of tilapia or other fish, and then the fish waste would be used for growing vegetables. The goal is to reduce food waste and lower the cost of raising fish. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2

4. The economy may become increasingly jobless, but there will be plenty of Work

Many recently lost jobs may never come back. Rather than worry about unemployment, however, tomorrow’s workers will focus on developing a variety of skills that could keep them working productively and continuously, whether they have jobs or not. It’ll be about finding out what other people need done, and doing it, suggests financial advisor James H. Lee. “Hard at Work in the Jobless Future,” Mar-Apr 2012, pp. 32-33

5. The next space age will launch after 2020, driven by competition and "adventure capitalists."

While the U.S. space shuttle program is put to rest, entrepreneurs like Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos are planning commercial launches to access low-Earth orbit and to ferry passengers to transcontinental destinations within hours. Challenges include perfecting new technologies, developing global operations, building new infrastructure, and gaining regulatory approval. “The New Age of Space Business,” Sep-Oct 2012, p. 17.

6. The "cloud" will become more intelligent, not just a place to store data.

Cloud intelligence will evolve into becoming an active resource in our daily lives, providing analysis and contextual advice. Virtual agents could, for example, design your family’s weekly menu based on everyone’s health profiles, fitness goals, and taste preferences, predict futurist consultants Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth. “From Smart House to Networked Home,” July-Aug 2012, p. 30

7. Corporate reputations will be even more important to maintain, due to the transparency that will come with augmented reality.

In a "Rateocracy" as envisioned by management consultant Robert Moran, organizations’ reputations are quantified, and data could be included in geographically based information systems. You might choose one restaurant over another when your mobile augmented-reality app flashes warnings about health-department citations or poor customer reviews. “‘Rateocracy’ and Corporate Reputation,” World Trends & Forecasts, May-June 2012, p. 12

8. Robots will become gentler caregivers in the next 10 years.

Lifting and transferring frail patients may be easier for robots than for human caregivers, but their strong arms typically lack sensitivity. Japanese researchers are improving the functionality of the RIBA II (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance), lining its arms and chest with sensors so it can lift its patients more gently. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2

9. We’ll harness noise vibrations and other "junk" energy from the environment to power our gadgets.

Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing techniques for converting ambient microwave energy into DC power, which could be used for small devices like wireless sensors. And University of Buffalo physicist Surajit Sen is studying ways to use vibrations produced on roads and airport runways as energy sources. World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 9

10. A handheld "breathalyzer" will offer early detection of infections microbes and even chemical attacks.

The Single Breath Disease Diagnostics Breathalyzer under development at Stony Brook University would use sensor chips coated with nanowires to detect chemical compounds that may indicate the presence of diseases or infectious microbes. In the future, a handheld device could let you detect a range of risks, from lung cancer to anthrax exposure. Tomorrow in Brief, Sep-Oct 2012, p. 2

All of these forecasts plus dozens more were included in Outlook 2013, which scanned the best writing and research from THE FUTURIST magazine over the course of the previous year.

Now, here's something even cooler. THE FUTURIST has made public the contents from Outlook 2006 through 2012, more than 400 forecasts in all relating to 2013 and beyond: http://www.wfs.org/forecasts.htm.

Happy futuring

About the author

Patrick Tucker is deputy editor of THE FUTURIST and director of communications for the World Future Society. He's writing a book for Current, Penguin's new science imprint, on big data and prediction.

The annual Outlook report is compiled by Cynthia Wagner, Patrick Tucker, and Rick Docksai

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THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and

Bethesda, Maryland - The World Future Society is pleased to release the top ten forecasts from its most recent Outlook report, published in the November-December 2012 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine.

THE FUTURIST magazine examines key developments in technology, the environment, the economy, international relations, etc., in order to paint a full and credible portrait of our likely future. Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, and the end of the Cold War. The forecasts are meant as conversation starters, not absolute predictions about the future.

The Society hopes that this report, covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology, will assist its readers in preparing for the challenges and opportunities in 2012 and beyond.

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On an aquaponic recycling system in every kitchen?

Not in every kitchern. In every backyard maybe.

To be a practical aquaponic system, you need at least a 1000 letres of water, that's a cubic metre. Why, to have the thermal mass needed to keep the water termatures stable for the fish, across the daily tempature cycle.

Cheers,
Noel Kelly

Bitcoin will become the

Bitcoin will become the dominant means of value transfer, obviating central banks and further eroding the concept of nationalism.

The Final Scientific Breakthrough

String Theory Invalidates Religion and Evolution because at Superposition all life is the Same life.

RE: String Theory Invalidates Religion and Evolution because at

Existence is inevitable even for our Soul and our God. Hence we would prove this scientifically through physical effects and senses. All Life is same life, is actually talking about the common Soul.

Slavery & Isolation in #4 & &8

Yes, unemployment will increase, but needful work will also. "Volunteer" work is the cheerful euphemism for slavery Obama's kind push on us, work without compensation. Self-employment and self-initiative are important, but let's not let slavery abound.
Robots becoming "gentle care givers"? The elderly and handicapped are already too isolated from society. As a former chaplain to nursing homes and hospitals, I am appalled at this idea. Real human interaction is sorely needed by the elderly and handicapped. They should not be left to machines that will increase their isolation and depression, feelings of abandonment by people. They need human kindness, not robots!

isolation

Isolation is changing. I have few "real" freinds and I don't miss them. I have a large number of freinds I meet with on a regular basis online. I don't touch them and they dont touch me... but we impact each other in a very real and humane way. I am no longer confined by knowing people my own age, race or gender. I think the 14 year old espanic gang member I tried to consol while playing an online game yesterday would be amazed to learn my true age and ethnicity. The next generation of institutionalized, bed-ridden, and yes, impoverish "elderly" will not appear as such to their freinds on World or Warcraft. They will be empowered communicators. By the time Common care and making it to the toilet with the help of a robot occurs, it will be nothing more than an interuption to the latest social media tweet.

After the U.S. Economic meltdown the future will arrive!

China and their Thorium reactors are about to become a large part of U.S. Futture:
(See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UT2yYs5YJs)
(See: http://www.investmentu.com/2011/September/thorium-the-future-of-nuclear-...)
Article here conveniently skips over verminators, composting, humanure (free book on web) human urine as fertilizer, home gardening,super insulation, Heritage seeds, GMO'ed seeds like bug free potatoes. I still seek bug free butternut squash. home brewing, winemaking, sauerkrauting,pickling,and Off Grid homesteading. Even Solar refrigerators now possible?
We approach a 'Fiscal Cliff', then refusal by China's new ultra commie politbureau for long low loans we need to continue the "American Dream", and the economic wall that follows. be advised, even from our own "Savants:
"All that is left of America is banality and self-delusion."- Noam Chomsky
Expect monulenta chages in the very near future, a paradigm shift away form the 20th century American Dream has already started, and will avalanche withthe smallest events, cascading a new, sustainable lifestyle perhaps on all the world?

IT focused predictions

Alcohol does not improve sleep quality

A brand new report on 27 studies demonstrates that alcohol doesn’t enhance sleep quality. Based on the results, healthy people does be allowed by alcohol to fall asleep faster and rest deeper for some time, however it decreases rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Read more : http://www.worldbeyondweb.com/alcohol-does-not-improve-sleep-quality/

I would really love...

an aquaponic recycling system. Not sure if enough people would want the bother of buying one, setting one up and maintaining it though, so I doubt if it would ever be common.

aquaponics

If there is one thing solar energy has taught us, it is that if it doesn't offer an immediate monotary savings, can affordably be installed by a common service provider and doesnot offer a product that physically seems to directly enhance the human experience, then its not marketable. If u can't sell it, then you can't afford to properly develop it. Make-shift solutions will always ultimately fail. Complex systems that humanity need to "get involved in" will never engage the mass populace. So unless this hydoponic solution is cheaper and esthetically invisible, it will never occur.

Religion-Science-Intelligence...

More On Religion, Science and Intelligence
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It takes a change of culture, of the mode of reactions to circumstances, to effect a change of habit. Genetics is the progeny of culture, not vice versa. This applies in ALL fields of human activities, including economics, to ALL personal and social behavioral aspects.

Since the early 1900’s ALL “science” has been taken over by the Technology Culture of the religious Americans, represented by the trade-union-church AAAS. Plain and simple. There has not been any science in the world since then except “religious-American-science”.

On the blissful religious science ignorance…:
USA-World Science Hegemony Is Science Blind

Since the early 2000s I have been posting many articles on science items surveyed and analyzed by me, without religious background-concepts. I have been doing this because I was deeply disturbed by the religiosity of the 1848-founded AAAS trade-union and by the consequent religious background-tint of its extensive “scientific” publications and activities.

On my next birthday I’ll be 88-yrs old. I know that I’m deeply engaged in a Don Quixotic mission-war to extricate-free the USA and world Science from the clutches and consequences of the religious-trade-union-church AAAS, adopted strangely by the majority of scientifically ignorant religious god-trusting Americans and by their most other humanity following flocks…

But I am sincerely confident that only thus it is feasible and possible to embark on a new, rational, Human culture (Scientism) and on new more beneficial and effective technology courses for humanity…

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
Energy-Mass Poles Of The Universe
http://universe-life.com/2012/11/14/701/

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Decide Humanity: Scientism Or Natural Selection
http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/conflict/index.xhtml http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/05/roots-of-racism.html?ref=em

Scientism:
A doctrine and method characteristic of scientists, and the proposition that scientific doctrine and methods of studying natural sciences should be used in all areas of investigation and in conduct of politics-social-cultural-civil affairs in pursuit of an efficient practical, as fair as possible, civics framework.

Natural Selection:
All mass formats, inanimate and animate, follow natural selection, i.e. intake of energy or their energy taken in by other mass formats.
All politics and economics, local, national and international, are about evolutionary biology, about Darwinian evolution, about survival, about obtaining and maintaining and distributing energy.

Religion:
is a virtual factor-component in human’s natural selection. Its target-function is to preserve-proliferate specific cultural phenotypes.
Natural selection-religion are compatible with technology-capitalism but are obviously incompatible with science-scientism, that targets preservation-proliferation of the genotype.

Science-scientism is an obvious threat to the survival of a cultural phenotype.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
Universe-Energy-Mass-Life Compilation
http://universe-life.com/2012/02/03/universe-energy-mass-life-compilation/
For A Scientism Culture
http://universe-life.com/2011/06/11/for-a-scientism-culture/

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On religion-accommodating AAAS science: How can science be more theosophized than by regarding life-brain-mind-spirituality as being mysteriously apart-different from other mass formats?

Life is just another mass format. Self-replicating.
Most phenomena attributed (erroneously) to life only are ubiquitous, including culture, natural selection and (apparent) intelligence…

Why RNA genes are the heart of medicine…
Life underneath the academEnglish verbiage…

Intelliget Life

Life:
self-replicating mass format of evolving naturally selected RNA nucleotide(s), which is life’s primal organism.
Natural selection:
ubiquitous phenomenon of material, a mass format, that augments its energy constraint.
Mass-Energy:
inert-moving graviton(s), the fundamental particle of the universe, inert extremely briefly at the pre-big-bang singularity .
Intelligence:
learning from experience.

Intelligent Life
Life is an evolving system continuously undergoing natural selection i.e. continuously selecting, intelligently, opportunities to augment its energy constraint in order to survive i.e. in order to avoid its own mass format being re-converted to energy.

Dov Henis
(comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/

PS:
Genome is a base organism evolved, and continuously modified, by the genes of its higher organism as its functional template.
DH

We’ll harness noise vibrations and other "junk" energy

Yes. In the coming future, we will explore alternative forms of energy that is eco friendly,renewable and available in abundance.This energy,for example solar will feed our grid or we can harness our own solar energy at our back yard or roof top.Though this is very common in remote places, in Future, solar energy powered gadgets will become the norm.People will look for sustainability in living- grow your food, harness your energy. Thanks for the article.

Robots will become gentler caregivers in the next 10 years.

Japan has an issue with its aging demographics. As the average age of their population increases, the demand for caregivers will continue to increase as the supply continues to decrease as people exit the job market due to age or retirement. Normally, you would see a country increase immigration to make up for the native population's decrease in childbirths. However, Japan is somewhat unique in its cultural perceptions in regards to foreigners and there is indeed a greater desire to see robotic technology to increase in order to fill the gap.

Already they have working robotic exoskeleton suits that can restore mobility to a patient. As the technology progresses and becomes more cost effective, we can expect to see its increasing use. Eventually, these technologies could go mainstream in other countries but decreasing the human input in patient care may be an undesired consequence of such advances.

Still, we are living during exciting times!

Scientism's Whence and Whither

What Holds In The Real World

The Nobel Prize Committee Is Wrong. There is Definitely NO Higgs Particle. Gravitons are the elementary particles of the universe.
Origin and nature of "may be gravitational waves" are continuously released gravitons since the last big-bang as singularity mass reconverts to energy.
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On The Essence And Matrix Of The Universe-Life
The following three sentences are the shortest data-based TOE. Seriously. Very seriously.
The clearer the shorter

Natural Selection to Self-Replication is Gravity

- Self-replication is the ultimate mode of natural selection is the essence and drive and purpose of the universe. Period.
- The pre-Big-Bang singularity is the ultimate self-replication (SR) of the cycling mass-energy universe. Period. (mother of universal SR mode…)
- Earth’s RNA nucleotides life is just one of the myriad modes of self-replication.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/
http://universe-life.com/2012/11/14/701/
-The 20yrs development, and comprehensive data-based scientism worldview, in a succinct format.
-The Genome is a base organism evolved, and continuously modified, by the genes of its higher organism as their functional template.
- Everything in the universe derives from mass-energy duality, from the universe cycle between its two poles all-mass/all-energy.
- The Origin Of Gravitons is the ONLY thing unknown-unexplained in the Scientism Universe.

PS: Spoon feeding

The universe is a (circa 20 hillion yrs?) cyclic affair between all-mass and all-energy poles. NATURAL SELECTION of a mass format mandates energy intake because since the big-bang the resolved mass is reconverting at a constant rate from inert mass to energy, to moving mass. The mass that reconverts to energy SELF-REPLICATES to mass, in black holes, for the eventual re-singularity. The energy-to-mass SELF-REPLICATION process is GRAVITY. All this is enabled and goes on and mandated by/due to the small size and shape and inter-attraction of the gravitons that enable zero distance between them to re-form singularity.

I hope that now it is understood what gravity is and why it is the monotheism of the universe…DH
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Black Holes Whence and Whither

A.
Black Holes Whence
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345481/title/Cohabiting_black...
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/351747/description/Milky_Ways...
From
http://universe-life.com/2011/12/13/21st-century-science-whence-and-whit...
http://universe-life.com/2012/09/02/all-the-mass-of-the-universe-formed-...

Galactic clusters formed by conglomeration?
No. Galactic clusters formed by Big-Bang's fragments dispersion, the released built-in singularity’s stresses, evidenced by their Newtonian behavior including their separation acceleration.

The big bang is the shattering of the short-lived singularity mass into fragments that later became galactic clusters. This is inflation. The shattering is the start of movement of the shatters i.e. the start of reconversion of mass into energy, which is mass in motion. This reconversion proceeds at a constant rate since the big bang as the resolution of gravitons, their release from their shatters-clusters, proceeds at constant rate due to their weak specific force due to their small size.

B.
Black Holes Whither
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345421/title/Team_glimpses_bl...

From
http://universe-life.com/2011/12/10/eotoe-embarrassingly-obvious-theory-...

A commonsensible conjecture is that Universe Contraction is initiated following the Big-Bang event, as released moving gravitons (energy) start reconverting to mass (gravity) and eventually returning to black holes, steadily leading to the re-formation of The Universe Singularity, simultaneously with the inflation and expansion, i.e. that universal expansion and contraction are going on simultaneously.

Conjectured implications are that the Universe is a product of A Single Universal Black Hole with an extremely brief singularity of ALL the gravitons of the universe, which is feasible and possible and mandated because gravitation is a very weak force due to the small size of the gravitons, the primal mass-energy particles of the universe.

This implies also that when all the mass of the presently expanding universe is consumed by the present black holes, expansion will cease and be replaced with empansion back to THE Single Universal Black Hole.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)

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The Universe, Some Updates

What Big Banged To Produce The Universe
From : http://universe-life.com/2011/12/10/eotoe-embarrassingly-obvious-theory-...
A commonsensible conjecture is that Universe Contraction is initiated following the Big-Bang event, as released moving gravitons (energy) start reconverting to mass (gravity) and eventually returning to black holes, steadily leading to the re-formation of The Universe Singularity, simultaneously with the inflation and expansion, i.e. that universal expansion and contraction are going on simultaneously.
Conjectured implications are that the Universe is a product of A Single Universal Black Hole with an extremely brief singularity of ALL the gravitons of the universe, which is feasible and possible and mandated because gravitation is a very weak force due to the small size of the gravitons, the primal mass-energy particles of the universe.
This implies also that when all the mass of the presently expanding universe is collected and stored at very low energy level in black holes, expansion will cease and be replaced with empansion back to THE Single Universal Black Hole.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)

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Universe Inflation And Expansion

Inflation on Trial
Astrophysicists interrogate one of their most successful theories
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/342219/title/Inflation_on_Trial
Commonsense:
Inflation and expansion are per Newton.
Since the Big Bang galactic clusters loose mass at constant rate. Mass, gravitons, continue escaping at constant rate from their Big Bang fragments-clusters thus becoming energy, mass in motion, thus thrusting the clusters. Constant thrust and decreasing galactic clusters weight accelerate the separation of clusters from each other.
Common sense.
Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/

With the increasing human

With the increasing human population the needs for the people also increases. Recycling waste not only save our natural resources but also help save energy. By recycling an item or making a basic fix to it, we can save all the energy that would have been consumed in the process of making it.

Food Marketing Services in Calgary

Tonight we attended an amazing fall festival hosted by Food Marketing Consultants. The festival was open to the public and brought in close to 3,000 people. Not a surprise the event attracted people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The entertainment included everything from “trunk or treat”, train rides, bouncy castles and more.