What will be the next big technology to rock the world? Put another way, where would a smart digital media investor place his or her money? In partnership with the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich, Big Think's latest special series offers predictions from five tech-savvy experts, from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales to "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.
Wales has his eye on mobile space, while Kring, as a screenwriter, is most interested in technologies that allow deeper immersion in narrative worlds. David Gelernter, the Yale computer science professor and novelist, anticipates that "digital furnaces will hit it big by integrating existing media technologies. Other prophecies in the series come from Buzzmachine.com founder Jeff Jarvis and Conrad Wolfram of Wolfram Research.
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It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
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