For slightly less than 27 years I have worked at a Fortune 100 company's research and development center. A goal of one's work is always to see the future, and then make that future happen in a profitable way. However, understanding what technologies will drive the world of tomorrow through new products is always difficult. Seeing a trend before it smacks you in the face is tough. Thus, the question remains ... how do you see the future?
One company has taken a unique and delightful approach, the Tomorrow Project from Intel. Imagine if you took four leading science fiction writers and asked them to wright short stories about present technologies in your lab, but how that body of work might evolve in the future? This is an intriguing concept, and is exactly what Intel's Tomorrow Project has done. The four short stories may be downloaded without charge via NorthstarNerd.Org.
I've already read the Last Day of Work by Douglas Rushkoff. I won't give the story away, but imagine a technology which knows what you want ... before you consciously understand your own desires? Intel has a process in their R&D Lab which can anticipate whether you want to go left, or right. Now read the story!