10 July 2006

Snapshots from the future

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Snapshots from the Future
Danish futurist Peter Hesseldahl has published a new book called Snapshots From the Future, which includes 7 short stories that describe life 25 years from now, reports Dominic Basulto in the Business Innovation Insider.

The full text of the book, translated in English, is available at the website of Danfoss Universe.

According to Peter, the book is “light and inviting” and has a heavy emphasis on pictures in order to keep the reader engaged.

The Institute for the Future blog has posted a concise review of the book, including a review of the 7 scenarios for the year 2030:

Your memories as a multimedia presentation. The liferecorder is an electronic gadget descending from the mobile phone, the iPod and the camcorder. It is capable of recording and storing every action, appointment or experience in your life.

Digital aura. No more fumbling with keys, mobile phones or portable computers. Use your digital aura to signal to everything and everyone.

As you wish it. Rebuild your car in ten minutes, have the colors of your nail polish change with your mood – or create your own line of furniture as if it was built from LEGO bricks.

Pharming. Future farmers grow artificial meat from the molecular level – and energy is a major cash crop. It’s hard to recognize the old country side.

Our extended nervous system. Wearing the scanner net you can sense what others feel – or you can control a robot or virtual character.

Drugged. Welcome to a future where taking drugs to perform at your best is… natural.

Robo-pet, man’s best friend. Our surroundings come alive. Toys will speak, systems will think, and we will become very emotionally attached to our robots.

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