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October 28th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society, Health, Science & Tech | No Comments

Wearable Tech to Access the Net – Infographic

Over the next decade more of us will access more of the Internet more often using more wearable tech devices. They will be related mostly to convenience, notices of things we need to attend to, and personal health monitoring applications. Web site operators will need to begin to plan how they will optimize their sites for wearable devices.

How Wearable Technology Will Change The Internet

How Wearable Technology Will Change The Internet [Infographic] by the team at Quality Nonsense Ltd

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October 13th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society | Comments Off

Future of Population and U.S. Culture

Back in 2012 the U.S. Census bureau released numbers forecasting that, in the U.S., the non-Hispanic white population – the historical majority – will peak in 2024 at 244 million. That demographic group will then begin a slow decline in actual numbers while the former minority groups continue to grow, until minorities become the majority around the year 2043. This is a well known forecast, but the deeper meanings of this change for the country are under explored.

Paul de Lumen, Futuro Media Group photo

Paul de Lumen, Futuro Media Group photo

Right now, PBS is running an 8-episode series that digs into this impending demographic shift, called America by The Numbers. As the host, Maria Hinojosa notes, the standard media treatment of demographic change is that it is something to fear. But, she argues, “I think what we’re trying to do with our television series is in fact put a mirror up to our country. And if we are already in fact the country that is incredibly diverse — in many cities, already majority non-white — then why are we fearful for something that is already happening?”

I think the most fundamental question as this demographic shift takes place is whether and how the emerging majority will participate in the democratic process, both voting and running for office. Right now there are frantic efforts by the political right in the U.S. to discourage and where possible prevent people in the emerging majority from voting. If such efforts succeed for a while, then we may see much less political change than might be expected.

What do you think will be the impacts of this ongoing and fundamental change to a more diverse U.S. population?

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September 18th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy | Comments Off

Future Rise of China, and Alibaba

Tomorrow, September 19, 2014 Alibaba, the Chinese Amazon-like company, makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The IPO is anticipated to be the largest ever. This is just another, though powerful, indicator of the rise of China, and Asia more generally. What does this mean for the future?

Now Forecasting Net has published an interesting piece on the rise and fall of modern empires, suggesting that forecasting tools could see this coming long ago. The article is accompanied by this chart…

Source: Forecasting Net

Source: Forecasting Net

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