Monthly Archives: January 2013
The ShapingTomorrowBlog just posted a quick review of an infographic from EducationNews.org that appears to suggest the long awaited arrival of the paperless society. While paperless may be a misnomer, the infographic points out that office use of paper has declined since 2001 and its overall use has declined since 2006. Those are interesting statistics which could herald an even more significant decline happening very soon as smartphones, ereaders, tablets, and the various hybrids continue to grow in popularity. http://www.educationnews.org/technology/never-print-again/
The idea of a paperless society has been talked about since the 70s. Professor F.W. Lancaster, who coined the phrase, expected its arrival by the end of the 20th century–a typical time horizon for prognosticators of his time period. However, we still use millions of reams of paper everyday, but a significant decline in paper’s use is now being seen at least in the home printer industry. EducationNews.org has published a useful infographic that reviews the changes in student use of paper. Now that the generations addicted to paper have graduated, the younger generations are focusing more on electronic devices for textbooks, notes, and probably doodling & gaming in class. The tablet owning student population tripled between 2011 and 2012, and 90% of that population say they use their tablets for educational purposes. More importantly, 70% of all students say they regularly use digital textbooks, and 60% say they prefer…
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In May of 2012, my son was born. As a result, I have not only been busy being a father, but I have also been busy attracting as many projects as I could handle and working almost everyday. I can only remember having about 7 days off since my son was born, and so non-profitable activities like my semi-personal blogging has fallen by the wayside while I have tried to remain a devoted husband and father.
Just allocating the time to republish previously written trend alerts has been difficult, but I have finally found some time today to catch up. http://adfutura.wordpress.com/ has now been updated with all of my trend alerts that were published for Shaping Tomorrow and also in InnovationManagement. In the intervening months, I’ve contributed to projects about big data, transnational crime, megacities, connecting the internet-of-things, and marine technology & issues. I also worked on projects concerning retail trends, travel trends, and radio listening trends.
The trend alerts which I missed are:
- Innovating Nature is about geoengineering
- Internet of the Sea is about efforts to connect sensors and unique identifiers all over the ocean
- Future Funerals is about some of the innovative ways companies are developing to improve human internment
- Modern Memorials is…well, let me republish that one here because I am especially proud of it
- Personal Power Ups is the most recent and is about harnessing energy created by the human body
Well, that catches me up for 2012 for the most part. I am certain I have forgotten a few things, but I still have an article out waiting to be published and a couple of books waiting to be finished.