Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, many speakers at the TED conference have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like. The video above takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Photo from Paul Moller’s TED Talk.

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  1. Hi helen, nice article, however i don’t agree with the fact that in next 30 year everyone is going to be connected. still there are so many places where it will take more then half the century to reach internet. thanks for the insights

  2. Taking what Ray describes a bit further, if we’re able to access the cloud with our minds, surely the cloud will retain that interaction and make it available to others. At some point we will be able to read each other’s minds, and then, soon after we are being implanted at birth, we’re all done.

  3. The future has more to do with society and lack of social justice than with computers. Until governments decide to operate their countries in more just ways there will be such a big growth in the gap between the rich and the poor that only a small percentage of the community will be able to own and run computers!

    The throttling control which present-day monopolists have on economic progress will grow to the point where their opportunity denying ways will literally force themselves out of business–an unstable and suicidal movement which will require a revolution to correct!

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About Helen Walters

Helen Walters is the ideas editor at TED. Previously the innovation and design editor at BusinessWeek, she writes about interesting people and what keeps them up at night.


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