[…] But the point of such predictions is not so much in being right as it is to get an early start on the conversations we need to have to cope with social and technological developments that are approaching at an ever accelerating pace.
And if you want to get in on some of those conversations, one place to start is the game going on now at the Signtific Lab, a platform developed and directed by the Institute for the Future to draw on the expertise, imagination and wisdom in the crowd, if not of it.
In the exercise, the site posits that “in 2019, cubesats — space satellites smaller than a shoebox — have become very cheap and very popular. For $100, anyone can put a customized personal satellite into low-earth orbit. And space data transfer protocols developed by the Interstellar Internet Project provide a basic relay backbone linking low-powered cubesats with ground stations, and with each other. Space is open to anyone and everyone — for research, for business, for communications, for play,” and asks, “What will you do when space is as cheap and accessible as the Web is today?”