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Ten emerging technology trends to watch over the next decade

Ten years ago at the close of the 20th century, people the world over were obsessing about the millennium bug – an unanticipated glitch arising from an earlier technology.  I wonder how clear it was then that, despite this storm in what turned out to be a rather small teacup, the following decade would see unprecedented advances in technology – the mapping of the human genome, social media, nanotechnology, space-tourism, face transplants, hybrid cars, global communications, digital storage, and more.  Looking back, it’s clear that despite a few hiccups, emerging technologies are on a roll – one that’s showing no sign of slowing down.

So what can we expect as we enter the second decade of the twenty first century?  What are the emerging technology trends that are going to be hitting the headlines over the next ten years?

Here’s my list of the top ten technologies I think are worth watching. I’m afraid that, as with all crystal ball gazing, it’s bound to be flawed. Yet as I work on the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies, these do seem to be areas that are ripe for prime time. Continue reading Ten emerging technology trends to watch over the next decade

Would you use mental ability-enhancing drugs? Take the (anonymous) poll:

Poll closed 26 June – see the results below.  I’ll be writing on this in a week or so

Would you – or do you – use drugs like Ritalin, donepezil or modafinil to improve your mental ability?

I’m interested in getting a sense of current use and attitudes, and would love as many people as possible to answer the rather quick and dirty straw poll below.

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Continue reading Would you use mental ability-enhancing drugs? Take the (anonymous) poll: