The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Connections and visualisations

With the opening up of information ("data") on the Internet there are now many more ways to viewing information over and above text and a pie chart.

The wonderful blog information aesthetics is where I would start if you're looking for creative ways to display that mass of information you have collected.

Two examples:
  • (Flickr) Tag Galaxy - "a space galaxy like representation of the relationships between tags on flickr."
  • NNDB Mapper - "a sophisticated visual aggregator that tracks the activities of about 32,000 noteworthy people, both living & dead."


  1. This is a great site! How'd you find it?
    I particularly like the visual freebase wiki - another adaptation of Freebase. I think that Freebase might be one to really look out for later this year and into 2009...

  2. All part of my "subscribe to creative feeds" that brings fresh air into my thinking ... bit like buying a random magazine each week about something I know nothing about


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