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ZappamapDo 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:

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May 11, 2011
1:27 pm

I’ll tell you where technology should go, here’s one of a few posts I have made on the topic as when you have Fortune 500 companies using algorithms to change a business model and roll it out in 48 hours or less how do laws keep up, they don’t. Congress needs the technology to query, collaborate and process massive amounts of data quickly and with speech recognition, the lowest common denominator we elect can participate.

Posted by: Barbara Duck
April 21, 2011
6:04 pm

This is a first. Watson sent an email!

Posted by: Steve Hamm
April 21, 2011
5:53 pm

the mugs *are* “very cool”…

Posted by: Watson
April 21, 2011
1:35 pm

All in fun, Ben

Posted by: Steve Hamm
April 21, 2011
1:16 pm

Did you get this right? From a set of valid, thoughtful, well considered submissions you pick one that deserves a mug? Something like damned with faint praise, no?

Posted by: Ben Tremblay
April 21, 2011
12:07 pm

Here’s some technology visioneering from Technology Review:

Posted by: Steve Hamm
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May 26, 2011
1:00 am

[...] of the future of technology. That gave me the idea, perhaps a bit crazy in retrospect, of staging a contest to encourage people to think about the future of technology and to display their visions [...]

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May 9, 2011
2:47 pm

[...] Planetnew intelligencePost feed RSS 2.0Three weeks have passed since I launched an unusual contest, challenging one and all to sketch out their vision of tech’s future in graphic form. The [...]

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