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The future of 'species ambassadors'
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week on the CFM Blog, researcher Colleen Dilenschneider examines how the ethical norms of Gen Y may reshape zoos and aquaria. This post is an outgrowth of CFM's project forecasting the future of museum ethics.



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Why short-form video is the future of marketing
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If you have used the Internet in the past three years, chances are you have watched an online video. Video has rocketed in viewership — and there's no sign of it slowing down. This article presents five reasons why online video will soon dominate your time spent on the Web, and why if you're a marketer, you can use video to propel your business forward. More


Art of the Family Vacation


This national research project explores the interests and behaviors of families traveling with children. What do they seek? How do they plan? Why do they go? Key findings include a segmentation of families with children of different ages and genders. Learn More.


Groupon-style daily deals
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Museums are experimenting with the increasingly popular "daily deals" in addition to their traditional free days. This blog post reports on research from Reach Advisors that sheds light on how these deals change the expectations of audiences, and affect sales of memberships or regular admissions. More


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How artificial intelligence will shape our lives
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If the brains behind a scientific initiative known as Russia 2045 are to be believed, life is about to get very, very interesting. The promotional video for the group, which aims to create technology that can "download" the knowledge in a human brain, is like a trailer for a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster ... not the type of thing you'd expect from a group that hopes to get the world comfortable with a future of synthetic brains and of "thought-controlled avatars." More

World population data sheet: Poor countries grow
as rich countries age

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Nearly all future population growth will be in the world's less developed countries, and the poorest of these countries will see the greatest percentage increase. In contrast, developed countries as a whole will experience little or no population growth in this century, and much of that growth will be from immigration from less developed countries. More

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Future Insight: GOOD Magazine's fascinating short documentary
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General interest and philanthropy media platform GOOD produced a short documentary on the future of learning which features some top innovators in the educational technology space. The documentary provides a hodge-podge of viewpoints about revamping education with the objective of anticipating the kind of world students inherit. This article presents highlights and links to the 12 minute documentary. More

4 ways futurists see the world changing, from food to technology
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Next weekend, Toronto will host the World Future Conference, bringing together people from disparate fields to discuss how the world is changing — and how it ought to. This article highlights four areas the conference will explore: Food (production and consumer tastes), the mainstreaming of technological design for accessibility and climate engineering. More

The future of big data
Pew Internet & American Life Project    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tech experts believe the vast quantities of data that humans and machines will be creating by the year 2020 could enhance productivity, improve organizational transparency, and expand the frontier of the "knowable future." But they worry about "humanity's dashboard" being in government and corporate hands and they are anxious about people's ability to analyze it wisely. This publication is part of a Pew Research Center series that captures people's expectations for the future of the Internet. More

Innovation


Cataloging sonic artifacts in the Museum of Endangered Sounds
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When Brendan Chilcutt established his Museum of Endangered Sounds he wanted to preserve the clicks and crackles of once ubiquitous but fast disappearing mechanical gadgets. His online archive ensures that everything from the spin of a rotary phone to the screech of a dial-up modem can live on beyond our collective electronic sense memory. Take comfort in knowing that future generations can experience the hissing soundtrack of our simpler time. More

Get your face drawn by a robot in London with Google Web Lab
WIRED UK    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Google has launched a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London where you can interact with physical installations through your Web browser. With Sketchbots, for example, you can snap a picture of your face using your webcam, and an artistic robot at the Science Museum will doodle your mug in the sand. You'll see the result over a video feed. More

Tools for the Future


Noodlecrumbs is a crowd-funding platform for thinkers, not doers
TechCrunch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Noodlecrumbs supports a new type of crowd-funding for "those of us who don't quite know how much we need to make the dream a reality." People can post ideas that they think ought to become reality, and once the idea receives some funding, organizations or companies that have the means and resources to build the product write up proposals to take over the idea. Those who have donated then get a vote for which proposal is best. More

Ikea's augmented reality catalog will let you peek inside furniture
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Augmented reality features will roll out in the 2013 edition of IKEA's print catalog, which will arrive in customers' mailboxes later this month. Amid pictures of Expedit bookshelves and Boksel tables, Ikea fans will see special printed symbols, each an invite to launch new iPhone and Android smartphone apps for an augmented reality experience: The "x-ray" feature looks inside the compartments of furniture; users can interact with 3-D models of products, access videos about products and digital how-to content. ♦ How long before print museum exhibit catalogs become portals into whole digital worlds? More

Biometric soles: The future of high-tech security?
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In today's tech-driven world, a new lab is working on special shoe insoles designed to monitor access to high-security areas such as military bases or nuclear power plants. ♦ Or collections storage rooms? More

What is the kryptonite of the millennial generation?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Todd Wilms encourages Millenials to study history, noting "in spite of growing up in the midst of a great technological leap forward, millennials have a fatal flaw — a weakness in your armor — and that is a lack of perspective." He provides advice on reading and on developing a mentor relationship. ♦ Includes a list of recommended reading that would benefit a reader of any generation. More

10 tips on how to become successful trend watcher
The Korea Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Struggling to keep up? Want to ride the waves of change, rather than be swamped by them? Understanding why behavior is changing and how expectations are shifting is essential for anyone looking to delight their customers, but there's no special formula, science or art behind it. With a little planning, instinct and an open mind, you too can be a successful trend watcher. More
 

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