Futurist Proved Correct -- and Describes the Extraordinary Social Technologies of the Next Decade

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Seven years ago one of the world's leading futurists accurately predicted the rise of social networks, Twitter, and many other technologies that are now central to our lives. He now offers forecasts for the social technologies of the decade ahead.

Ross Dawson, Chairman, Future Exploration Network

"Seven years ago global leading futurist Ross Dawson accurately described the networked world of today, anticipating social networks, Twitter, corporate blogging, crowd-sourcing, and personalized advertising..."

Seven years ago, in his prescient book Living Networks, global leading futurist Ross Dawson accurately described the networked world of today, anticipating social networks, Twitter, corporate blogging, crowd-sourcing, personalized advertising, virtual personal assistants and much else that is now familiar to us.

Today, he offers insights into the extraordinary world of technology we will experience seven years into the future.

Through his future consulting group Future Exploration Network and on his top-ranked blog Trends in the Living Networks, Dawson offers a wide variety of forecasts for 2010, the decade ahead that he has named “the TENsions”, and beyond.

Dawson’s forecasts for 2016 include:

  •     Many people will wear video glasses as they commute and walk around, experiencing new forms of television, news updates, and detailed information about the world around them and people they meet.
  •     ‘Lifestreaming’ will be commonplace, in which we capture, store and share on social networks almost continuous videos, photos, sounds and conversations from our everyday lives.
  •     We will have natural telephone conversations with computers, with almost all call centre staff replaced by automated systems.
  •     Public measures of individual reputation will guide who we hire, do business with, and go on dates with.
  •     Over 40% of Americans will work independently rather than as company employees, many providing services to organizations all over the world instead of commuting to an office every day.
  •     A next generation of ‘thought interfaces’ will allow us to control our computers just by thinking. While the technology will still be relatively basic, we will have begun to merge machines and humans.

Dawson’s second book, Living Networks, published in 2002, opens with a description of corporate blogging, and discusses the idea of social networks years before MySpace or Facebook existed, as well as the rise of “micro-messages,” anticipating the Twitter phenomenon.

The book describes in detail how to create success in the hyper-connected world we live in. Living Networks was recently launched in an Anniversary Edition, as its insights are just as relevant today as when it was first published.

As Chairman of leading international future consulting group Future Exploration Network, Dawson works globally speaking and consulting about the future of business.

His break-neck speaking schedule takes him regularly to exotic locations all over the world, with keynotes given in every continent except Antarctica.

His Trends in the Living Networks blog (http://www.rossdawsonblog.com) is ranked as one of the top business blogs in the world, and is used as a source by journalists everywhere.

Ross Dawson's insightful and entertaining commentary means that he is is strong demand by broadcast and print media globally. Recent media appearances include ABC TV, SkyNews, New York Times, USA Today and The Guardian.

Contact Jessica Nelson or Ross Dawson at Future Exploration Network to arrange an interview, or use Dawson's Trends in the Living Networks blog (http://www.rossdawsonblog.com) as a source.


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