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How do we prepare students for the future?

In 1900, 38% of the US labor force, nearly 30 million people, worked on a farm. That number slowly dwindled until 1990 when just under 3 million people, 2.6% of the US labor market, worked on farms. How can any education system prepare students for a future that may not need their chosen profession? They can equip…

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Weak Signals and Wild Cards by Maree Conway

Maree Conway is a frequent researcher with Shaping Tomorrow, and she recently posted a fantastic presentation about weak signals and wildcards. The keep an eye on weak signals and considerations of wildcard events, look at our latest upcoming service, Gists http://www.shapingtomorrow.com/webtext/673. Be sure to download the free report on wearables which illustrates what the service will include.

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Weak global economic growth?

Since the IMF published its growth forecast last week stock markets have tumbled (see: Global shares slide on growth fears). It was lack of growth that triggered the Great Recession and the IMF’s new forecast threatens to bring contagion to the markets once again if their forecast pans out as they predict. Since 2004 we have…

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Wearables Kickstarter Campaign for Expanding Human Perception

In our recent trend report on wearables, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web, Dennis Draeger explores how wearables are optimising individuals. The most forward looking method that Dennis reported is Feeling the Data–using tactile feedback to interpret sounds, video, or even data feeds such as the stock market feed. The most mainstream example of this…

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Reading data through your skin

MIT News has recently published a summary of research by Lynette Jones, a senior research scientist in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her field of research has a number of applications for the blind and deaf, but it could also one day allow the able bodied to read digital information on tactile displays using their…

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How Technology Is Destroying Jobs

Why has the employment market remained so sluggish in the US since 2000? Is technology to blame or is the economy simply too complex to point to a single culprit? If technology is to blame as in times past, will the employment market rebound once entrepreneurs create new opportunities and workers adjust their skills? Or…

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The next step in virtual immersion

Last week, Shaping Tomorrow published my latest trend alert about immersive technologies, Expanding Immerive Experiences. In it, I detail a few of the devices on the very near term horizon that will provide a mainstream market with immersion in the digital and virtual world, much more than any currently available devices. All the products I researched…