Do you fancy yourself a tech visionary? Why not test your ideas about where technology is going over the next several decades by presenting your vision of the future in graphical form? We’ll collect submissions from all comers. (Put yours on a Web site/blog. Cut and paste the link into a comment form at the end of this post. Supply explanatory text, if you’d like.) Our panel of experts will review the submissions and pick a handful of winners who will receive as rewards very cool Watson travel mugs. The deadline is May 15.
Credit for sparking this idea goes to Michell Zappa, a UK-based technologist. He sent me his take on the future, Envisioning technology, and suggested a post on Smarter Planet about it. Michell has launched an intriguing exploration, and I encourage you to look at it and give him your feedback, either on his site or ours.
For ideas about how best to present information graphically, here are a couple of suggestions: 1 Go to IBM’s Many Eyes Web site for tips. 2 Pick up a copy of Edward Tufte’s book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, which demonstrates the power of graphics to express complex data sets and concepts in easily digestible forms.
IBM, of course, is in the tech visioning business itself. Here’s how we see the future shaping up:
In our Global Technology Outlook, IBM’s researchers look ahead five to 10 years:
Every year, we look at five key technology innovations we expect to transform people’s lives in the next five years: