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 future of geographic community?
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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 maintain its place as the de facto lingua franca?
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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 mind, indicate whether everyday life will be simpler or more complex in your part of the world in 2018, and support your argument.
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Being everything you can be — will you do it?

  • In 2018, will more people, on a percentage basis, live at the self-actualization level (from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) than today, in your part of the world and elsewhere? Why or why not?
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What happens when you cannot (or will not) “unplug”?

  • Consider the following potential consequences of mobile, wearable computers and of the capability to be constantly “plugged in.” Will the capability become a mandate? What are the implications to quiet, contemplative “down time”? To vacations? To social life? To information overload? To stress in general?  How will the IT-enabled syndrome of being constantly “plugged in” impact family life, particularly in stimulation- and diversion-oriented cultures? What will be the long-term impact of “chronological challenge” (“not enough hours in the day”)?
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stimulation and diversion — history or destiny?

  • It has been argued that diversions provided by television and now by Web surfing have been at the expense of family quality time. What trends or possible “wild cards,” if any, will reverse this trend in the next 15 years? Also, will diversion- and stimulation-oriented societies be more pervasive or less pervasive at that time?
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tomorrow’s celebrities? (no names, please)

  • According to Tuvée, “The star-system will lose its dominant position to produce celebrities.” In 2018, who will the celebrities be (professions and types of people, not individual names), and why?
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tomorrow’s sports and arts — more community based?

  • Hagberg foresees that sports, music, and the arts will survive and flourish but become more community based. Will this be true in your part of the world in 2018?
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