Future Technologies

2050 Future Trends 7

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Daily Stat

It’s been a while since we had a statistic, so here’s a good one. Of the 21 million homes in the UK with a front garden, around 33% have been turned into parking spaces for cars over the last 20 years. That’s 14,200 hectares of oxygen producing, sound absorbing, and water absorbing green space that’s vanished.

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Out and About


Here’s a first. I just had an email from Jesus! I could be making a giant mistake, but I put him in my spam file. On a totally unrelated note (unless Jesus is lying low in the Netherlands) I’ve just been to Amsterdam for the second time in a month and found some great graffiti. I also love the art gallery and library in the airport.

BTW, if you are planning a visit I can highly recommend an Asian fusion restaurant called Momo and the best steakhouse this side of Texas called Julius.


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Future inventions

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There’s a new info-graphic coming (via Croatia) very soon…..

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Weak signals


In a shop in Amsterdam

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Future Orientation

Not sure I get this, but I thought I’d share. Needs more info I’d say…at least an example.

“The structure of the language spoken by a company’s top team affects the firm’s planning for the future, according to doctoral student Hao Liang, Christopher Marquis of Harvard Business School, and two colleagues. If the language is English, Spanish, or one of many others that use mainly grammar, rather than context, to distinguish present from future (“It is raining,” “It will rain”), people tend to focus less on the future, presumably because it seems more distant. On corporate social responsibility, which is a highly future-oriented activity, firms in countries speaking these “strong-future-time-reference” languages under-perform firms in weak-future-time-reference countries by more than 1.2 grade on a 7-step scale, the researchers say.”

Harvard Business Review, Daily Stat, 4 April 2024

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Information overload

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True or false? (I found this on my desktop. No idea where its from I’m afraid). I suspect it’s a little more nuanced than the chart suggests.

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Kids and Technology

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As a source of balance to the earlier post (Digital Vs. Human), the web genius that has been working with me on What’s Next and Brainmail for 10 years now has just launched a blog called SharpBeans about kids learning through technology. It’s good. If you have kids aged under 16 I think it’s worth a regular read.

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Digital Vs Human

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Read this short article, it’s important.

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Or, perhaps, dream drunk, implement sober.

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