Predictions include the increasing use of mobile broadband. The report estimates that over the next two to three years :
"Mobile broadband, fully-featured internet, touch screen interfaces, remotely upgradable software, and high-quality displays will become as common as cameras are today".
Also highlighted is the emergence of innovative data mash-ups which
"Help us reach new conclusions or discern new relationships by uniting large amounts of data in a manageable way"
On the further horizon (four to five years) are developments in collective intellenge and social operating systems which will further harness the power of the crowd:
"The first social
operating system tools, only just emerging now, understand who we know, how we know them, and how deep
our relationships actually are."
This report also contains a look back at the last 5 years and reflects on how accurate their predictions have been. Seven metatrends are identified:
"These seven metatrends include the evolving
approaches to communication between humans
and machines; the collective sharing and generation
of knowledge; computing in three dimensions;
connecting people via the network; games as
pedagogical platforms; the shifting of content
production to users; and the evolution of a ubiquitous