Desktop Research: 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-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Anant Agarwal Predicts the Campus of the Future [CES 2014]
    http://www.educationdive.com/news/anant-agarwal-predicts-the-campus-of-the-future-ces-2014/213639/
    The man behind one of the “big three” MOOC providers still sees a future for physical campuses, an idea that flies somewhat in the face of predictions made by Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun, who recently said he sees college fitting into a weekend and his MOOC provider, which is for-profit, shifting its focus to vocational learning.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 I hear a lot of conversations about MOOCs and vocational learning.
  • 11 Predictions on the Future of Social Media
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102029041#.
    This article asserts that global social media usage will continue on its upward trajectory and gives some predictions from industry experts. ...great article! - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 12, 2014 Global increases will be lead by breaking into new territories, but social media use is on the decline in many developed markets. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • 5 Sci-Fi Writers Who Predicted The Future Of Cloud Computing
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2014/10/01/5-sci-fi-writers-who-predicted-the-future-of-cloud-computing-2/
    This is a fun write-up that gives five examples of sci-fi writers predicting the future. - lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014Did they predict the future, or give developers ideas?? They forgot to mention Star Trek! Don't those communicators look like the original flip phone? Sci-fi often leads sci-fact - for the inspiration behind 3D projection, we need look no further than "Help us Obi Wan, you're our only hope..." (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • The Future of Libraries: Harvard Students Are Thinking Outside the Box
    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2014/01/future-libraries-harvard-students-are-thinking-outside-box
    Find out how student-created electric campfires and geospatial searching have become a part of Harvard Graduate School of Design's Library Test Kitchen. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 Like that idea of spatial googling - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • The Future Of Online Education
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2014/02/13/the-future-of-online-education/
    In this interview with Richard Baraniuk, Founder and Director of Connexions, he discusses how open educational resources are making significant progress and how learning outcomes will improve as OER becomes integrated with adaptive learning technologies that utilize machine learning algorithms.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • The Future of the Open Internet is Decentralized
    http://www.dailydot.com/technology/decentralized-internet-future/
    The Internet is having a quarter-life crisis. At just 25 years old, it suffers from two serious problems: Surveillance is carried out en masse, and citizens in many countries can access only the heavily censored or propagandized information available to them. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014
  • Get Past the Gimmicks and Gaze Upon the Future of Augmented Reality Apps
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/future-ar-mobile/
    Mobile tech keeps moving toward AR. It feels tailor made for wearable technology, particularly smart glasses. New academic research has given us an insight into the exciting future possibilities for AR browsers, but it also highlights the barriers that must be overcome. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014
  • Is This The School Library Of The Future?
    http://www.fastcoexist.com/3033930/futurist-forum/is-this-the-school-library-of-the-future
    Rearranging physical library spaces can make them more conducive to creative thinking and group work. The focus is less about organizing books and more about the student experience. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Silicon Valley Teens on the Future of Technology
    http://recode.net/2014/10/05/silicon-valley-teens-on-the-future-of-technology/
    During a tech event in Palo Alto the VC firm Foundation Capital asked dozens of teenagers what is in store for the future of technology. Some showed up with prototypes and models of projects they have in the works. When asked what kinds of college courses they’re looking forward to most, students called out things like “design thinking” and “applied entrepreneurship.” - lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 impressive. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 I see some new press developing around the need for drone technology programs
  • Time for an Academic Bitcoin
    http://www.insidehighered.com//blogs/world-view/time-academic-bitcoin
    Perhaps it is time to create something along the lines of a bitcoin for higher education, a new international currency with different denominations that will be tied to different kinds of study. So for example, perhaps someone could acquire one kind of currency through traditional study in a classroom earning a particular “bitcoin”; let’s call these bitcoins, socratecoins. Then, another denomination for practical work such as internships, called practicoins; another for international study called globacoins; another for research called nobelacoins; perhaps one for study at for-profits called apollocoin and another for online study called moocoins. Surely moocoins will be earned by taking MOOCs?! (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) Since Bitcoin may itself be a sort of new-fangled Ponzi scheme, I am happy to see a note of dystopia, however slim, on this very utopian list of predictions. Was higher ed itself a confidence game? A reputation game? How will we see it--after its total collapse? Now there's a future we aren't discussing enough. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014 is this just badges in a different guise? - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • 2U's CEO Talks Hitting 10,000 Students and the State of Online Learning
    http://navigator.nmc.org/clipping/2us-ceo-talks-hitting-10000-students-and-state-online-learning
    This interview with CEO and co-founder of 2U, Chip Paucek, sheds light on how 2U's cloud-based, software-as-a-service online learning platform is working and lessons learned from the company's experience thus far.
  • U.S. Views of Technology and the Future
    http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/17/us-views-of-technology-and-the-future/
    A new national survey by The Pew Research Center asked Americans about a wide range of potential scientific developments—from near-term advances like robotics and bioengineering, to more “futuristic” possibilities like teleportation or space colonization. In addition to asking them for their predictions about the long-term future of scientific advancement, we also asked them to share their own feelings and attitudes toward some new developments that might become common features of American life in the relatively near future. - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years?
    http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/376014/what-will-a-liberal-arts-education-look-like-in-50-years/
    At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless we really understand how to save what's good, but reinvent what's new and needed," says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Harvard’s 1,000 Kilobot Swarm Demonstrates the Future of Robotics
    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/15/harvard-kilobot-swarm-future-of-robotics
    Swarms of small robots in their thousands that collectively complete complex tasks are now possible – and could be the future of robotics, according to researchers.
  • Higher Education, Business Can Collaborate in Many Ways
    http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article1010136.html
    Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to serve as resources, facilitators and partners to local and regional businesses. In turn, businesses have an opportunity to engage with and value the expertise and resources of academic institutions.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 An academic entrepreneurship model is badly needed with joint venture partnerships.
  • AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
    http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/06/future-of-jobs/
    In this report the Pew Research Center dives into artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and their impact on jobs and employment. Many interesting perspectives here! - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 12, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • Still No Flying Cars? Debating Technology’s Future
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/arts/peter-thiel-and-david-graeber-debate-technologys-future.html
    Mr. Theil and Mr. Graeber both believe that technological innovation is in a state of stagnation but they have different ideas as to how to change this. To Mr. Graeber, the key is replacing what currently passes for democracy with a genuinely participatory system of the sort prefigured by the Occupy movement. Mr. Thiel, describing himself as a “political atheist,” said that people should spend less time trying to change the system than simply creating things outside it. And the key to progress, he said, may not be more democracy.
  • Technology and the Future(s) of the University
    http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/04/01/technology-and-the-futures-of-the-university.aspx
    Georgetown University is calling on its entire campus community to explore what the institution of 2030 will look like and to experiment with new ways of educating students. The impact of its discoveries may ultimately end up being felt throughout American higher ed.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) interesting - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014