Monthly Archives: March 2011

commuting to work — “traffic blues” or a rosy outlook?

In one of his articles, Inayatullah observes that citizens want fewer cars and more public transport. At the same time, the automobile is associated with freedom in various parts of the world, especially in the US – where it has … Continue reading

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living here, working there — will it ever end?

What are long-term consequences of people not being able to live where they work – a problem experienced in the US by many policemen, firemen, teachers, and resort workers?  Are long commute times and distances the wave of the future, … Continue reading

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Try being an urban transportation planner!

Try being an urban transportation planner.  You can do it!  Which tradeoffs would you make regarding the needs of new residents, existing residents, environmental impact, and the tax base? New residents (brought in by job growth) need places to live, … Continue reading

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Will your clothes have IP addresses?

How will various industries be impacted when everything (appliances, parts, even the clothes that you wear) has its own IP address – for example, banks, hospitals, and shipping companies?

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judgment, intuition, data dependence, and decisionmaking!

Park’s article states that “Ubiquitous computing will increase the number of decisions per day, constantly changing schedules and priorities.” What are the implications to the workforce of tomorrow in your part of the world and elsewhere? Related question – will … Continue reading

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How small can you think?

One trend examined by Vedin is nanotech. Will nanotech lead to small scale economies – and with what impact on business culture, community, and the way we live and work?

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universal connectivity vs. geographic community — which will win?

In what ways will universal connectivity impact communities and the sense of community – especially considering that even now, an increasing number of people have friends all over the world but barely know their geographic neighbors. What is the long-term … Continue reading

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beyond hypertext and the Internet

What is the next information frontier after the Internet and hypertext, which themselves represent an evolution beyond the conventional printed media and linear narrative?  What will be its impacts?

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power and influence shifting East — what will it mean for you?

Fuerth’s article discusses a shift of power and influence to Asia. What implications does this have for the dominance of US culture and values in various parts of the world? What implications for lifestyles and living standards? And, will English … Continue reading

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your lifestyle in 2018 — simpler or more complex?

One might expect Inayatullah’s discussion of healthy and green cities, meditation, and spirituality to appeal to people who are interested in simpler lifestyles. Other contemporary developments suggest that society and everyday life are becoming more complex. With these points in … Continue reading

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