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Welp, here we all are still, the day after tomorrow. Or is today the day after the day after tomorrow? Either way, it’s time to put the Mayan apocalypse behind us and start thinking about other ways the world might end.

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Mayan apocalypses aside, there are lots of ways we could screw this up and send humanity on a crash course to extinction. But don’t worry too much, we’re probably fine.

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“Não vejo aqui no Brasil uma cultura que aceite os fracassos como parte do aprendizado”, comenta Zappa, que traduz suas previsões em infográficos que têm rodado o mundo. No Vale do Silício, exemplifica ele, é muito mais comum que as pessoas lidem com o erro de maneira mais positiva e produtiva. “As crianças precisarão ser capazes de resolver problemas que ainda não existem.

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Zappas most recent work released in November is “Envisioning The Future Of Finance” (see pic below). A highly appropriate topic area considering the world revolves around the economy! Within this work Zappa explores the advancement and integration of technology within the financial sector. He has once again managed to break complex data structures into a systematic awesome looking information graphic. Focusing on the industries level of preparation in relation to ‘data, automation, security, disintermediation, crowds, mobile, currencies and reputation’, processes such as virtual economies and currencies.

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Being in good health is probably the single most fundamental characteristic of all our lives. Healthcare and technology are intrinsically connected, but we rarely notice how technological advancements of the past are behind everything we take for granted in modern medicine.

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Consultor disputado em todo o planeta, Michell Zappa aconselha profissionais e empresas a identificar antes da concorrência qual aspecto de sua atividade será afetado pela maré montante da revolução tecnológica

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Τι μας επιφυλάσσει το μέλλον της υγείας; Πόσο μπορεί να βοηθήσει η τεχνολογία στην βελτίωση και εξατομίκευση των υπηρεσιών ιατροφαρμακευτικής περίθαλψης;

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Envisioning Technology won a silver in the Information Is Beautiful Awards (in the Infographic / Information Design category)

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An emerging technology strategist, Michell Zappa is the founder of Envisioning Technology, an international firm specializing in where technology is heading in the near future, publishing their research as visualizations, keynotes and custom reports.

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Envisioning Technology, a trend forecaster, has created a visualisation of the future of technology, offering predictions for when we can expect various new developments, from robot manservants to retinal huds, to appear. Though it covers the gamut, a broad cross-section directly affects videogames, so here’s a tour of what shape we can expect games to take over the next 20 years.

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A post on Envisioning Tech’s site identifies technology as the catalyst behind the disruption forecast, calling it “the ultimate democratizing force in society” and noting medical technology is no exception.

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A futurist map of disruptive healthcare technology of the future offers a stunning projection of what will be possible. What’s interesting is that much of it is already beginning to take shape in some form or another.

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What I fundamentally appreciate about this type of visualization is its attempt to reflect in some form — especially in capturing a macro view that understands both trees and forests — the relatedness, interconnectivity and otherwise dynamic interactions between elements that are otherwise seen disparately.

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TECH-PROP: THE FUTURE IS COMING

September 19, 2012

Inviting unorthodox thinkers like Michell is quintessential to the event’s success. So seeing that I had Michell in front of me, I asked him if we could have a casual chat about futurology, corporate copycatting and his non-obvious approach to predicting the future of technology…

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When science fiction films depict the future, the best writers and directors are often less concerned with accurately prediction how specific technologies might reshape the world than they are with confronting the moral or philosophical quandaries of present day. It’s what makes those stories compelling–and relatable. When futurists attempt to tell us how (and when) technology leaps will occur, they’re not only speculating about what we’re capable of achieving in the coming decades but also imploring us to prepare–scientifically and psychologically–for those events.

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Carro sem motorista, geladeira esperta, impressora de casas. O cenário, que pode parecer irreal hoje, foi montado pelo estrategista de tecnologias emergentes, Michell Zappa e, sim, é muito possível de acontecer, ele garante. Zappa foi um dos convidados para uma das maiores conferências sobre internet em todo mundo, a The Next Web, que aconteceu no final de agosto em São Paulo.

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“La tecnología es inherente al ser humano y siempre ha estado ahí. El dinero es tecnología y la agricultura, la escritura o las cerillas también lo son“, dice Zappa, quien acaba de participar en la Campus Party Europea de Berlín. La búsqueda de envishioningtech.com se centra en “descubrir hacia donde se dirige la sociedad“, pero la suya es una investigación personal y especulativa con la que provocar un debate.

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Brazilian tech futurist Michell Zappa kickstarted the first edition of TNW Conference Latin America with a keynote on 5 infrastructure problems facing Brazil, and how technology can help solve them in a new and creative way.

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Primeiro a se apresentar, o brasileiro Michell Zappa mostrou como resolver cinco grandes problemas de infraestrutura no país combinando inovação e produtos já existentes. Observador de tendências, ele presta uma espécie de consultoria a empresas apontando o que esperar do mercado em termos tecnológicos em médio prazo. “Tecnologia é tudo aquilo que criamos”, começou ele.

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Michell Zappa, 30, é um pesquisador sueco-brasileiro especializado em tecnologias emergentes. Nascido em Estocolmo, trabalhou no Brasil, na Holanda e na Inglaterra e atualmente toca o projeto intitulado Envisioning Technology, no qual ele faz previsões de pura futurologia, que, em suas palavras, “não são só especulação”.

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Ao falar sobre a corrupção, Zappa começou criticando o excesso de políticos em Brasília. Segundo ele, o projeto Ficha Limpa tenta solucionar parte do problema apontando os candidatos com problemas jurídicos, mas seu sistema complexo e pouco prático de ser usado. Conectando ideias já existentes e sendo um pouco radical, Michell propõe uma espécie de “Ficha aberta”.

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Michell Zappa, diretor da consultoria de tendências tecnológicas Environing Technology, abriu a conferência The Next Web nesta quarta-feira (22), em São Paulo, de modo otimista, para dizer o mínimo. Em sua palestra, apontou soluções tecnológicas que podem resolver os congestionamentos, a saúde, a habitação, os juros e, pasmem, a corrupção do Brasil.

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Na primeira conferência do TNW Latin America, ocorrida nesta quarta-feira (22) em São Paulo, o estrategista e futurologista sueco Michell Zappa falou sobre como modelos inovadores de tecnologia já existentes que podem ajudar a solucionar alguns dos maiores problemas estruturais do Brasil. O teórico abordou temas como corrupção, trânsito, saúde, casas populares e investimentos.

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Entre as atrações mais esperadas, estava a apresentação de Michell Zappa, diretor da consultoria Envisioning Technology, que abriu a programação de ontem (22) com cinco tendências para resolver os maiores problemas do Brasil.

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O “futurologista” Michell Zappa abriu a conferência The Next Web, em São Paulo, falando sobre cinco problemas latino-americanos que podem ser resolvidos com a ajuda da tecnologia.

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Estrategista sueco é um dos palestrantes do The Next Web Latin America, primeira edição brasileira de um dos maiores eventos de internet do mundo.

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Takie przewidywania to nie nowość w sieci, jednak to, które Wam prezentujemy jest wyjątkowe – zawiera różne kierunki rozwoju ludzkości, podzielone na rozmaite dziedziny w perspektywie następnych 30 lat.

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Add this massive infographic to the recent discussion of futuristic dorms and what education will look like in 2020–and beyond. Designed by Michell Zappa’s Envisioning Technology (which also created that fantastic interactive infographic mapping the future of technology), this chart maps innovations in education technology for the next few decades.

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For just a second, let’s stop thinking about the future of medicine in terms of post-healthcare reform and post-2012 election.Let’s think like emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa did when he put together a graphic based on what major technologies he sees — by “looking at emerging trends and research”

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In che direzione andrà il mondo nel prossimo trentennio? Oppure: quali innovazioni tecnologiche dobbiamo aspettarci di vedere, nel medio e nel lungo periodo? Queste e altre domande sono alla base della ricerca condotta dal gruppo di analisti, dello studio internazionale di previsione delle tendenze d’innovazione ”Envisioning Technology”, che ha pubblicato un’infografica interattiva per illustrare i trend del futuro.

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From synthetic blood to space tourism, these technologies aren’t just indicators of emerging products and markets, they also reflect our cultural mores — in other words, what we hope our future will look like.

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Zappa’s graphic offers a fascinating glimpse into not just what’s coming down the pipes, but also into how the timing timing of these advancements will co-incide with each other. [...] And after a quick glance, it’s clear that Zappa has done his homework; his predictions are pretty spot on — and quite exciting. A rundown of some technologies we can expect to see include:

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Tech trend forecasting firm Envisioning Technology has put together a beautiful infographic that examines current scientific and technological research and predicts when in the next 28 years possible innovations might become reality. The graphic, titled “Envisioning Emerging Technology For 2012 And Beyond,” separates breakthroughs into 11 categories — artificial intelligence, Internet, robotics and space, to name a few — and lets users hover over each item to see more information.

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As some of you may know, Envisioning Technology‘s founder Michell Zappa will be participating in TNW Conference Latin America this August, for what promises to be a very stimulating keynote on emerging technologies. To give you a taste of what to expect, we asked him a few questions on his work and vision.

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Michell Zappa, a capo del team di ricerca che ha raccolto i dati per realizzare la grafica, ha spiegato in una mail che questa mappatura è più di un semplice esercizio di fantasia: la speranza è di aiutare i responsabili politici e gli imprenditori a prendere decisioni migliori, tenendo in considerazione le tecnologie potenzialmente emergenti.

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There is an amazing visualisation on Emerging Technologies highlighting areas of STEM with some truly extraordinary predictions. Envisioning Tech’s blog is currently featuring “Sci-fi Scaffolds”, scenarios situated in the near future and based on emerging technologies. Spend a bit of time on this site and I guarantee you will be thinking about the future in a whole new way.

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As an educational technology scholar I seldom find something related to the field that completely blows me away. The Envisioning Technology website which features the predictive visualizations of emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa and his team of researchers is one of the few Internet sites that contains information that is so insightful, forward-thinking, fascinating, and intellectually stimulating that it can be hard to comprehend.

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When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.

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Technological trend firm Envisioning Technology has published a new interactive infographic that maps the future of emerging technologies between now and 2040 in vibrant colors of the rainbow.

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I’ve been very critical of the snail-like implementation of “technology-as-a-tool” in education. I continue to be impressed with educators at all levels who embrace the ubiquity of the Internet, devices, and developments to enhance, enrich and strengthen student learning. I admire administrators that allow staff to experiment and safely risk making those changes.

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Thanks to the hard work by Envisioning Tech, it’s simple to see what we could expect to happen in the next few decades. From today’s iPads to holograms in the year 2040, there’s a lot coming to a classroom near you. Better still, the visualization below is categorized into color-coded topics. This is one of the most impressive visualizations / infographics I’ve ever seen (and I get like 5-10 every day, so that’s actually saying something) and hope you enjoy it as well.

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Brief mention on MSNBC

June 24, 2012

Kind words by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry about my visuals for Ayesha & Parag Khanna’s Hybrid Reality book.

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Beyond 2012

May 29, 2012

Zappa has visually represented his extensive research and analysis quite beautifully using a simple taxonomy using colour, size and shapes to distinguish between levels within ‘relative importance’, ‘consumer impact’ and ‘clusters of technologies’. Also having the ability to read definitions of each technology is handy when trying to understand exactly what “programmable matter’ is and prompt the cogs of thought to churn.

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What developments will the next 30 years hold in the fields of AI, biotech, robotics, computing, the internet, materials science and more besides? That’s the question Michell Zappa, technology strategist and founder of trend forecasting firm Envisioning Technology, asked himself – and here is his response: a striking, concise infographic which outlines a range of probable developments, and their likely significance for society.

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Granted, futurists in the late 1800s predicted that big cities would soon be knee deep in horse manure because they didn’t foresee the growth of the automobile, but looking at the road ahead is still a very important exercise, not just for helping companies figure out what might be coming (and therefore where to focus their resources and attention), but for helping engage the public—for guiding public policy development, getting kids excited about science, and more.

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Ma la crescita e lo sviluppo della tecnologia digitale sono così imprevedibili che è difficile stabilire obiettivi a lungo termine, senza essere in grado di sapere cosa accadrà nei prossimi 5, 10 o 15 anni. Michell Zappa, strategist tecnologico con il suo studio ha provato ad immaginare ciò che la tecnologia sarà nei prossimi 28 anni.

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Ainda de acordo com Zappa, a grande maioria das mudanças tecnológicas que afetaram a sociedade aconteceu em forma de evolução e não de revolução. Por exemplo, todo o meio de comunicação, em seu início, usava a linguagem da tecnologia que o antecedeu. Em seus primeiros anos, a TV tinha a programação do rádio, a web reproduzia o conteúdo de jornais e, mais recentemente, no iPad prevalecem as revistas digitais – as novas possibilidades ainda foram pouco exploradas.

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The fact is that digital technology is growing at such a substantial rate, it’s difficult to visualise it over the next 5, 10 or 20 years. Until now that is. The technology strategist Michell Zappa (who heads up the tech strategists Envisioning Technology) has created a visualisation of the next 28 years in technology.

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Le mariage de la visualisation de données et de la prospective est presque toujours fécond. Une nouvelle preuve récente avec ce projet “Envisioning tech”, piloté par Michell Zappa, qui se définit lui-même comme un “emerging technology strategist” basé à Londres. Inutile de dire que nous avons failli nous étouffer en lisant que son travail repose sur l’explication “de ce vers quoi la société tend inexorablement dans le futur”… mais bon… Ne jetons pas le bébé dataviz avec l’eau du bain prédictif ! Heureusement, il ajoute aussi en bas de page “Forecasting isn’t an exact science”.

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Les Data En Forme

February 29, 2012

“Envisioning technology” matérialise cette recherche : une frise chronologique, de 2010 à 2040, une infographie divisée en 11 bandes colorées, chacune représentant une catégorie de technologie évoquée par Michell Zappa: intelligence artificielle, robotique, Internet, énergies, biotechnologie,…

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This extremely well researched infographic dimensionalizes a lot of emerging tech to help you size your big bets. I so thoroughly loved this I spent an hour on it – by accident. However, I learned so much I forgave its uber-talented author. Michell Zappa focuses on delivering a real perspective of technology across a 40-year horizon for eleven categories and three key dimensions…

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IBM A Smarter Planet

January 29, 2012

We are on the brink of unimaginable technological change. The predictable acceleration of hardware, connectivity and sensors coupled with an unforeseen plethora of new business models and the need to tackle problems on a global scale leaves me optimistic about the coming decades…

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The Long Now Foundation blog

January 20, 2012

It was created by London-based designer Michell Zappa, who leads a ‘technological trend bureau’ called Envisioning Technology. Their website explains that they seek to describe “where society is inexorably heading in the near future.”

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Memeburn

December 29, 2011

Virtual Reality-only lifeforms will be a reality by 2025, the importance of self-driving vehicles will outweigh their novelty by 2019, and petabytes of storage will become standard by 2024. That’s according to a set of predictions collated by Michell Zappa and first posted on his site Envisioning Technology.

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The Data Art Review

December 29, 2011

Michell Zappa has a professional appetite for visualizing the future of technology. This is good for the rest of us, really, because as the world is being overrun by application developments that I personally just can’t keep pace with, we’re all unavoidably affected by it.

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It is a fascinating poster with a great overarching view of what we might experience in the future and is definite food for thought. And that was the point of the poster…

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Cientifica

November 2, 2011

Many have tried, but Michell Zappa‘s visualisation of the next 25 years is one of the best and clearest I’ve seen. Now if only there was a way to adjust the due dates and play with the cumulative societal impact I could lose myself in this for weeks!

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Update or Die!

November 1, 2011

Já tinhamos publicado o primeiro em março, e desta vez o mapa de tecnologias emergentes foi totalmente redesenhado, está mais interativo e traz ainda mais informações sobre cada tecnologia e o cenário mundial. O resultado é uma visão macro e unificada sobre o que vem por aí em diversas áreas, como inteligência artificial, internet, interfaces, sensores, robótica, materiais, energia, etc.

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Metro

October 1, 2011

Первое, что приходит на ум, – Стив Джобс, который за последние тридцать лет сделал вклад в развитие множества отраслей. Его влияние будет ощущаться несколько десятилетий.

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IBM A Smarter Planet

April 1, 2011

Credit for sparking this idea goes to Michell Zappa, a UK-based technologist. He sent me his take on the future, Envisioning technology, and suggested a post on Smarter Planet about it. Michell has launched an intriguing exploration, and I encourage you to look at it and give him your feedback, either on his site or ours.

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Wolff Olins Blog

March 6, 2011

The good news is that help is on hand: a designer from trendwatching.com, Michell Zappa, has somehow managed to map out potential future technologies in a digestible form (and this isn’t just conjecture, this is based on research).

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Envisioning technology de Michell Zappa es una bonita infografía que juega a predecir cómo será el futuro de la tecnología partiendo del momento actual en sectores como aeronáutica, Internet, inteligencia artificial, robótica, biotecnología, defensa, energías renovables… de forma reconocidamente especulativa y subjetiva; hecha al antojo de su autor, vaya.

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DVICE

March 4, 2011

While we can’t exactly predict the future of technology, we certainly enjoy trying. And Michell Zappa’s infographic helps us visualize what the world might look like in the coming years…technologically speaking. So go ahead and click below to find out when we might see 5G, a space elevator and oh so much more.

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Next at Microsoft

March 3, 2011

The graphic is titled Envisioning the near future of technology and 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.

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BitRebels

March 2, 2011

Michell Zappa studied these company events and put together a brilliant infographic on just where the technologies may head in the near future. It’s based upon the predictions from companies within the industries of Warfare, Biotech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet, Money, Materials, Green Energy and Space.

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FastCompany

March 1, 2011

A smart, comprehensive timeline of over 50 of the buzziest technologies. Everyday, we blitz you with news of exotic technologies that will change the world — and so does everyone else. You’d have to be Ray Kurzweil to keep it all straight. But luckily, technologist Michell Zappa has created a simple cheat sheet mapping out all the buzziest technologies in development today.

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