Envisioning Technology 2011 02 25Point-and-shoot cameras and the music industry are dying, pundits say. So what’s to come? Pundits have the answer for that too–in fact they have a whole fancy infographic for it.

Chart of the day Recorded Music Revenue per Capita feb 2011Music industry dying.

Cameras DyingPoint-and-shoot cameras being killed by the iPhone.

What’s a new media innovator to do?

Well, you can pore over this infographic of upcoming technologies until you find the node for you:


Envisioning Technology 2011 02 25

Technologist Michell Zappa has created a simple cheat sheet mapping out all the buzziest technologies in development today.

There are two layers of data at work here. The first is obvious: Central nodes represent distinct branches of tech development, from software to AI to internet to “UBICOMP” — that is, ubiquitous computing. From those nodes, the various technologies in development sprout.

But the second layer of data is where the real futurism lies. The various nodes and technologies are arranged so that ones further off lie on toward the outside of the chart; ones that already exist or almost exist lie closer to the center. Thus, you can see here an approximate timeline of how ubiquitous computing will develop.

Electronic paper is already here; pico projectors are near; and retinal displays and skin-embedded screens are perhaps two decades off.

But you’ll notice that not all the nodes lie at similar places in the chart — showing that we haven’t really begun to see true manifestations with some branches of tech. Take AI — full-blown AI of the sort we see in sci-fi is probably 10 years off, but today we’re starting to see vague intimations of what the technology can do. Machine translation and recommendation engines are already here, but the real payoff, as indicated by the placement of the AI node, is somewhere in the future

Or you can go nostalgic with reverse emulation to make a nifty USB typewriter.

And if you’re feeling meta, here’s an infographic of infographics: a Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

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