Press Clippings: Essays and Interviews on the Future

The initial listing of predictions about the future has been collected from our previous years' efforts and other recommended sources.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Augmented reality becoming more meaningful, study shows
    A study by ABI Research discusses the practicality of augmented reality and how it will be used with wearable technology, HTML5, and voice recognition technology.- holly holly Oct 8, 2012This title of this article provides a conclusion but without real premises to support the claim. Could have used some more examples of how augmented reality is becoming more meaningful--I don't doubt we are headed that way but this article doesn't provide the pudding of proof. - lynda.kelly lynda.kelly Oct 9, 2012 Let's hope it gets cheaper and easier...
  • Best Use of Augmented Reality, Ever
    A TED Talk by Blaise Aguera y Arcas on Bing Maps, augmented reality and the future of mapping.- holly holly Oct 8, 2012"Crowd-sourced imagery and time travel" it's remarkable how quickly things have moved from 2012 and what was making crowds ooh and ahh at TED 2010 we now expect or demand. Special effects in movies too play a part in setting our expectations--the bar is ever higher.
  • Future Learning Short Documentary (Video)
    Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these educators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student? - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : couldn't watch this specific video yet, but the broad question of how museums can intersect with, collaborate with, or leverage such technologically enabled initiatives as Khan Academy is a good one for us to be asking. - lynda.kelly lynda.kelly Oct 9, 2012 This was very cool but reminds me that the constructivist approach to learning, which many museums have adopted, is still a great theory as it applies to many of the points made in this video (more about learning as it applies to museums' physical, online and mobile spheres here: There are more video resources on the future of learning in a digital age here: - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Oct 10, 2012 - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 Definitely applies to learning in museums. When Mitra talks about learning in the absence of the teacher and the presence of the Internet, this is the place for museums to enter the process.
  • The Future of Museums
    This is HASTAC’s forum, discussing the future of museums in the digital age.
  • The Future of Museums, and of AAM (American Alliance of Museums)
    A blog post describing the transformation of the American Association of Museums to the American Alliance of Museums, and the approach of the organization in the 21st century. - holly holly Oct 8, 2012While Shakespeare would have us believe that "a rose by any other name is still as sweet" student response from the JHU Museum Studies program indicates that they are in favor of the name change and feel that "alliance" is friendly and more inclusive than "association." Wonder if there is something to be learned here about generational responses to branding and rebranding? Does the packaging need to be constantly changed and updated? Is historicity of less importance for emerging professionals? I used to visualize a continuum beginning from a point in the past and stopping, momentarily in the present--my sense is the new history begins with a fixed point now, where now is the perspective of an endless number of individuals, with and an endless array of continua spiraling out from there. - lynda.kelly lynda.kelly Oct 9, 2012This is too US-centric, (sorry if i sound rude...) - ssbautista ssbautista AAM is adapting to a changing society. They are opening up the organization to the publc, "those who love our museums and can be the best advocates on our behalf." Smart, harnessing the power of social networks.
  • Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Internet of Things
    The author imagines a world objects have their own IP addresses and communicate with each other via WiFi or cellular networks.- susan.cairns susan.cairns Oct 13, 2012 In the McKinsey Report on Big Data (May 2011), it's projected that "the number of connected nodes in the Internet of Things—sometimes also referred to as machine-to-machine (M2M) devices—deployed in the world will grow at a rate exceeding 30 percent annually over the next five years."
  • The Human Voice, as Game Changer
    This article paints a picture of how the "voice-enabled future" will materialize, "where human speech brings responses from not only smartphones and televisions, cars and computers, but also coffee makers, refrigerators, thermostats, alarm systems and other smart devices and appliances." - lynda.kelly lynda.kelly Oct 9, 2012This is really cool. I've starting using cooking apps that use voice technology to move the page on. Seems simple but is responding to how cooks use apps (ie not getting flour all over their device!). This is also a great technology for those with mobility disabilities) - mia.ridge mia.ridge Oct 10, 2012 Part of a general move away from typing text-and-using-a-pointer for input - alex alex Oct 13, 2012 Agreed. The rise of voice commands will spell doom for QR codes. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 Really appreciated Turkle's concerns about the need to distinguish humans from machines.
  • Kevin Kelly: Predicting the next 5,000 days of the web (TED Talks)
    Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days? A bit out there, but who would have predicted where the last 5000 days took us? - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Museums and Wikipedia: The Future of Collaboration and Accessibility
    The author unlocks the potential for Wikipedia to be a main tool for sharing art with a broader audience. - lynda.kelly lynda.kelly Oct 9, 2012 This is imprtant for small musuems that dont have much resource to get thier content out there. Altho I'm interested in finding out where wikipedia is up to in terms of use, etc.
  • Museums of the future: providing the personal, collaborating with the crowd
    The Guardian Culture Professionals Network hosted an online live chat to dicuss best practices in new technologies and investments for museums. This article describes key points from the discussion. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 The problem with hyper-personalization is that museums risk losing ther advantage of serendipity and of gently pushing visitors outside their comfort zone.
  • Pulling a rabbit out of a mesh hat – Liz Neely talks about 3D digitisation & 3D
    Liz Neely, Director of Digital Information & Access at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks about 3D animations and what sort of potential 3D digitization represents for the art world. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 (think this is on another page, too). - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Oct 10, 2012 - don.undeen don.undeen Oct 12, 2012
  • Tablets to overtake notebook PCs by 2016: Study
    According to research firm NPD, tablet computers are expected to overtake notebook PCs by 2016 as consumers shift to newer devices like the Apple iPad. This has serious implications for learning. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : see also - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Oct 10, 2012
  • Wearable Technology: a Vision of the Future?
    Though tools such as smart glasses increase our connectedness to our surroundings, they raise the privacy concerns that come with wearing a device that records everything we see or do. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012