“Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years,” is the title of the info graphic and it basically is a timeline for the next 150 years and “predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150” (BBC). I think what is interesting though about this info graphic is how it is set up because it has different color coded predictions based on things like technology, business, science, computing and robotics, and, society.
It is about IBM’s vision for the future of technologies like computers or phones and how they will be able to use the five senses touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell. In the article it goes through each of the five senses and how things like computers will be changed and what will be the benefits to us, the users. Which I know has been something that people have been talking about for quite some time on how to break the barriers of like a computer or phone screen to make these technologies interactive.
But I think the craziest thing is that IBM is predicting that these technologies that will have the interactive ability to be her by the year 2018, which is in just five years!!! Crazy to think that their is a possibility of some of these inventions etc. could potentially come true. I know some of the predictions or inventions may seem a little out there or not possible at all but I think that is part of the fun of making these predictions and why we do it. To see what is really going to come true, how far out there are we willing to think.
The predictions are put onto one of two sides based on either how likely or not likely the predictions are to come true. What I think really caught my eye though was how with certain predictions that are given they link to it either leading to a dystopia or a utopia. Mentions of a utopia made me think of the Langdon Winner piece “Mythinformation.” Some of the predictions made in the info graphic line up with the utopian promises in the new age that Winner talks about in the article such a interactive aspect of technology and things that make our lives easier like electronic banking.