IBM Says Using the Internet Will Be "As Easy as Calling Your Mom"
Clearly they have never called MY mom, which is harder than navigating an architects website. They predict that "you will talk to the web and the web will talk back." Among their other predictions of for the next five years:
visions of the future used to be much more....visionary.
Jetson Green transcribes:
In the next five years, solar energy will be an affordable option for you and your neighbors. Until now, the materials and the process of producing solar cells to convert into solar energy have been too costly for widespread adoption. But now this is changing with the creation of "thin-film" solar cells, a new type of cost-efficient solar cell that can be 100 times thinner than silicon-wafer cells and produced at a lower cost. These new thin-film solar cells can be "printed" and arranged on a flexible backing, suitable for not only the tops, but also the sides of buildings, tinted windows, cell phones, notebook computers, cars, and even clothing.
forget digital shopping assistants, I want flying cars!
They also predict:
A crystal ball for your health- read your future from your genetic code, or maybe you really just don't want to know.
a digital shopping assistant-will tell you that those jeans make your bum look fat.
forgetting things will be a distant memory-your phone and your computer and even your fridge will nag you nonstop.
Sigh. How uninspired. Jetson Green and Sustainable Business
More visions of the future in TreeHugger:
Kitchen of Tomorrow from 1943
Cardboard Houses of the Future
GreenBuild: I Have Seen the Future and it Flushes
Ecopolis Plans Future Green Cities