Tag Archives: futurology

David Lewis’ constructive Summer Time Wasters

David Lewis from IUPUI put together this nice collection of videos to while away the summer hours.

TED Talks

Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning | Video on TED.com TED Talks Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system.


Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics | Video on …

TED Talks Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.


Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big …


Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled “a ragtag band of volunteers,” gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self …


Charles Leadbeater on innovation | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn’t just for professionals anymore.



Clay Shirky Keynote at Web 2.0 Expo “Where do we get the time”


Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure


Malcolm Gladwell on the challenge of hiring in the modern world. From “Stories from the Near Future,” the 2008 New Yorker Conference.


The future of everything…

As part of my work as an editor at Academic Commons, I’ve been working on a new issue that we’re calling The Future of Everything. You can read more about the plans for the issue on-line.

As part of the run-up to the publication of the issue, which will take the form of an anthology of the best writing and resources that contemplate the future of various topics, we’ve set up a delicious account and are crowdsourcing the collection of readings.

If you happen to use delicious and have bookmarked particularly good readings and resources on topics such as the future of reference, the future of the book, the future of the web, and so on, please feel free to suggest materials by tagging them for:academiccommons. (There is a brief description of how this works also on-line.)

Thanks so far to Mike Lynch for suggesting some good materials on the future of reference.

— mike

Big data: The next Google? Predictions from Nature Magazine

The folks at Nature Magazine just published a special issue called ‘Big Data’. Within that issue is an interesting article entitled ‘Big Data: The next Google’. Here is their introduction to that article:

What will happen in the next 10 years?

“Ten years ago this month, Google’s first employee turned up at the garage where the search engine was originally housed. What technology at a similar early stage today will have changed our world as much by 2018? Nature asked some researchers and business people to speculate — or lay out their wares. Their responses are wide ranging, but one common theme emerges: the integration of the worlds of matter and information, whether it be by the blurring of boundaries between online and real environments, touchy-feely feedback from a phone or chromosomes tucked away on databases.”

Thanks to Shel Sax for the tip!