Infographic: Envisioning the Near Future of Technology

"Envisioning technology" is a work in progress, researched and designed by technologist Michell Zappa. Currently based in London, Michell works as lead designer at consumer trend forecasting firm trendwatching.com. It's a speculative and subjective overview of potential future technologies.Based on personal research and observations, this map entitled "Envisioning the near future of technology" is intends […]

"Envisioning technology" is a work in progress, researched and designed by technologist Michell Zappa. Currently based in London, Michell works as lead designer at consumer trend forecasting firm trendwatching.com. It's a speculative and subjective overview of potential future technologies.

Based on personal research and observations, this map entitled "Envisioning the near future of technology" is intends to facilitate predictions of where the technium is going, as well as provoke thought and stimulate debate.

Due to the intrinsic difficulty of speculation, the visualization isn't to be interpreted as a roadmap, but rather as a point of reference for those investigating (or designing) the future of technology.

The graphic is inspired by a wide variety of sources -- Wired, Kevin Kelly, Ray Kurzweil, Clay Shirky, Clive Thompson, John Battelle and others. It looks at what technology will be of importance over the next 15-20 years.

Graph: Envisioning the near future of technology