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Errol van Engelen (interim-biznet@xs4all.nl) [LION]

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Any ideas about the “Next Big Thing?”

The Internet had a great ten-year run. It’s time for something new. What will be the products, ideas or services that will have an impact on the future and will change our lives?

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As your question has been posed to relate the next best thing to the invention of the Internet (or actually World Wide Web), we’re really talking about the next BIG thing. The internet has revolutionized the world in a way that only a handful of creations and collaborations has (cotton gin, automobile, printing press, etc…) I expect the nice “run” of the internet to continue for decades as it matures and intertwines with our lives. The developments within the space of the internet (SAAS, Web 2.0) are merely cool accessories to it’s iPod if you will.

So, what truly are some innovations that could lead to the next BIG ideas? Here are some possibilities…
Nanotech, Biotech, Genome mapping, Gene therapy, Stem Cell research, AI

These are all promising, but my pick for what it will be?
Widespread Human enhancement by embedded technology.

Sure, we have hearing aids and implanted contact lenses, but I’m thinking embedded processing chips and contact lenses that serve as data monitors that only you can see when you tap your temple.

OK, so this is even beyond the Jetsons… but I’m trying to be bold. Aren’t we all supposed to have flying cars and electric maids by now?

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Wow…the billion dollar question. I wish I knew the answer to this one.

This relates to technology and the Internet, but I’d say keep your eyes on SaaS (Software as a Service) and On-demand Software. These models provide cheaper applications, better end-user support, and an instant, global reach. We may all be able to “dial-up” any software we want, instantly, without a download or trial version.

Pitfalls to these models include security and the lack of full control that users have become accustomed to. We will also need to think about the disconnected nature of these applications, and what happens if a high-speed connection is not available. This may be solved with WiMAX equipment (IEEE 802.16), but there is some work needed there as well.

I see the typical PC desktop, as we use it today, going away. Time will tell, but we may very well be on our way back to sitting in front of a screen as a terminal, and having all software available, on-demand via the Internet.

Hope this helps,

Curtis C Hughes
StreamLogic Inc.

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I also believe that SaaS will expode in 2007. Most of the security and business continuity issues are solveable.

After SaaS, its probably going to be Nanotechnology. The reason I believe this is that it addresses the “waste” issue since everything will be built from the atom up versus raw materials down. Solves two problems: new products and addresses Global warming.

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Hi Errol

Great question!! Not so sure I have a single killer answer but I tend to agree with the previous posts.

More internet based apps / SaaS going beyond the traditional CRM, HR, Accounting and office based solutions we see today.

Security, IPR and a robust SLA will be key to their success. I see areas such as collaborative engineering tools supporting ALM and PLM as an area that could start to see growth.

I have been tracking SaaS for the last two years and compiling some resources / links on my website (see link below).


Nick Bradshaw
MD Sales-vision Ltd


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I read this topic with interest.. In fact, I think Richard John has it nailed – it just needs belief, passion, enthusiasm and a desire from its target market…

All the things mentioned here such as Web 2.0, SaaS, Nanotechnology etc are all realistic and here today – they may not be exploited as much as we will exploit them over the next 5-10 years, but they are reality today…. Just look at the evolution of the mobile phone, the internet itself and portable sat nav /gps systems – these all started many many years ago and have developed as the technology has become cheaper and more accessible to us all..

Maybe the next big thing is Space Travel such as Virgin Galactic – that will make this more accessible to us all…

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materials sciences generating light/strength materials — think metalic ceramics (new construction capabilities as well as consumer goods revisions — significantly lower materials use for same function – possible issues with 2ndary interactions such as possible nano-poisons being investigated now)

energy creation/storage – micro generation & different fuel formats (marriage with lighter materials means different transport costs).

biological revolution with basic science in bio-tech – yes, doing the genome is overstated (small percentage) but very large number of possible knowledge expansions – in 20 years I’d not want to be one trying to defend a genome patent, but I perhaps may want to be best at creating uses for these (expect social change regarding allowing IP retention for genomics)

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The next big thing? Something that can truly make the world flat. That is, to help remove the barriers between like minded people, to let them share ideas, problems, needs, interests and everything in-between regardless of their location, age, gender, or background. To get them talking and become good buddies. This represents the convergence of web 2.0, SaaS, mobile, internet, social networks, and voice technology. Not just a human UI to the net, but a connection based on personal interests and the sound of each person’s voice. We call it mobile social networking… check it out at ccube.com.

Michelle Bonat


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The REAL big things will be cheaper and portable energy, nanotechnologies, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

The next big thing will not be any of this, but will be an incremental shift towards any of these. The next big thing is always the ability to leverage an incremental shift. Social Networks were only possible once a critical mass had broadband.

That’s theory. In practice, the incremental shifts could be:

look at accessibility by the mass. A cheaper nuclear reactor won’t cut it, but a fuel cell that can generate 10kW (enough for a house) and that could be sold at Home Depot will make a huge difference.

This is a dangerous field since many companies are right now competing against traditional material and are only building a better mouse trap (eg: incrementally better materials).

Anyone who can provide a tool (biological or technical) to cut down the approval process of a medication by 3 years will soon be worth hundreds of millions…

This is my favorite. The next 2-3 years will be devoted to ontology and the capacity to correlate information entered by humans (ex: Use Wikipedia). Then, you’ll see companies selling TIM (Truly Intelligent Machines), the next gen of Neural Network architecture. But the real money will not be there, as TIMs will mostly be the like the OS. It will need some belief system (a bit like the applications) to make sure that the machine will behave according to your beliefs and values, not someone else’s.


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Here’s my list for short to medium-term next Big Things.

– Social networking will continue to grow and evolve
– Biotech
– Nanotechnology
– Continuing developments in wireless products and applications
– Alternative energy sources – Along with this will be a number of “off the grid” applications. The traditional centralized energy production, distribution and delivery model will see a number of changes.
– Transformational improvements in the ability to clean water and air
– The continued “untethering” of applications from the PC
– Growth in Application Service Providers
– Advances in Artificial Intelligence
– A need to manage the deluge of information people are experiencing. People will look for trusted “editors” to help them manage the information flood.
– Companies will realize that going Green is good for business. With increasing knowledge about how vulnerable the planet is to any number of events that are not under our control, there will be a push to manage those things that are under our control.
– A renewed interest in technologies that will allow people to move off-planet.

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I am with Curtis. SaaS will change technology licensing dramatically in 2007/2008. This will be an upturn for companies that have not migrated to a web services/SOA approach.

Additionally, I forsee the end of the PC age. The Apple iPhone certainly has the potential to be a true appliance for communications. PCs certainly tether us all to the desk. The iPhone leverages OS/X, so when 3rd parties provide more robust software, input hardware and output displays, the necessity to stay in a cube farm for infrastructures sake, becomes much less a necessity. Users will be able to go where the work is much more nimbly. Walready enjoy the productivity that we have with mobile phones and laptops. This technology will help us all leap forward.

In tech, the pendulum swings between software and hardware. I suspect that the hardware era is returning in a big way. Look at CISCO’s IronPort appliance for evidence…


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I really dont know..and i think many of the answers are just shooting from their hip,,and from things /idea ..tech thats floating around …

Few would have thought a simplistic tool like a search engine..can create a firm like google …and that 2 bigger and stronger than MS…

Similarly i think most of us r not going to be able to find the next simplistic thing,,and keep shooting at far away stars like nanotech…saas etc..

If i had to shoot similary i would go for…
* networking tools like LinkedIn to have massive influence in the way biz is conducted and in the way people would socialize and make friends,,in cyber-zone…

Rama (rama14@yahoo.com)

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With time running out to meaningfully address the looming global crisis I think that clean-tech (solar, wind, biofuel, energy efficiency) and Carbon Dioxide emission reducing technologies and processes are the next big thing.


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From the world futurist society:

Top 10 Forecasts from Outlook 2007 (All at the link below)

Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, and the end of the Cold War.

Here are the editors’ top 10 forecasts from Outlook 2007:
1. Generation Y will migrate heavily overseas. For the first time in its history, the United States will see a significant proportion of its population emigrate due to overseas opportunities. According to futurists Arnold Brown and Edie Weiner, Generation Y, the population segment born between 1978 and 1995, may be the first U.S. generation to have many of its members leave the country to pursue large portions of their lives, if not their entire adult lives, overseas. Brown and Weiner also predict that by 2025, 75% of Americans will live on the country’s coasts.

2. Dwindling supplies of water in China will impact the global economy. With uneven development across China, the most water-intensive industries and densest population are in regions where water is scarcest. The result is higher prices for commodities and goods exported from China, so the costs of resource and environmental mismanagement are transferred to the rest of the world. As a nation, China already outconsumes the United States on basic commodities, such as food, energy, meat, grain, oil, coal, and steel.

3. Workers will increasingly choose more time over more money. The productivity boom in the U.S. economy during the twentieth century created a massive consumer culturepeople made more money, so they bought more stuff. In the twenty-first century, however, workers will increasingly choose to trade higher salaries for more time with their families. Nearly a third of U.S. workers recently polled said they would prefer more time off rather than more hours of paid employment.

4. Outlook for Asia: China for the short term, India for the long term. By 2025, both countries will be stronger, wealthier, freer, and more stable than they are today, but India’s unique assetssuch as widespread use of English, a democratic government, and relative transparency of its institutionsmake it more economically viable farther out.

5. Children’s “nature deficit disorder” will grow as a health threat. Children today are spending less time in direct contact with nature than did previous generations. The impacts are showing up not only in their lack of physical fitness, but also in the growing prevalence of hyperactivity and attention deficit. Studies show that immersing children in outdoor settingsaway from television and video gamesfosters more creative mental activity and concentration.


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Convergence of Access Internet Anywhere on Cross-Platform/Devices (Wimax, 3G+) has some interesting applications.

Personalized and Localized (to GPS accuracy) Content (MySpace, becomes “MyNeighborhood Right Now”

Niche Web2.0 Communities based on a common Profile-Login (MySpace becomes MyPeopleWhoseNameIsJohnAndLikesFishing.com). You create a profile somewhere, and you can log into any of these random communities without having to re-create profile (create the same content over) again. Portable-Profiles. 🙂

Webservices, XML, Mashups, SDK/API, Computer-To-Computer Integration (whatever they are called in next year-two)

Targetted Advertising – Minority Report into Reality

Virtual Presence Technologies (I’m here, you’re there, but we’re both Virutally Next to each Other). Customer Service Application, Sales, Real-Estate, Travel verticals impacted.

Micro-Payments (Paypal, microscope version) to infiltrate economy. MicroPay to get in Fast Lane, MicroPay to get Fresher Apples, MicroPay to get better bandwidth, MicroPay for a colder beer.

Robots (not Androids like Data in Star Trek) but more useful ones like Roomba.

Displaced/Phaseshift Virtual Workforce – any technology (like those above) that lets me live in the Bahamas and work in New York.

Better Advertising/Brand Performance Measurements. I’m paying how much for what? No more “Feel-good, good idea, dependence on marketing gurus with clairvoyance, inmeasurable advertising/marketing dollars spent”

Security. Security. Security. I am Joe, and you can’t know who I am without my explicit permission (based on rules, hiearchy, encryption, access, etc)

Green Tech. From Carbon counting debit economy (spend Dollars and Carbon Points) to hybrid energy sources.

China + India.

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I also concur that it is the web 2.0/SaaS world to look at, but it has challenges. Marketing and distribution models are yet to mature. I say this from experience. Many of these ideas are born out of startups who see something others don’t, but startups lack capital and must depend on creatively taking advantage of the same platform to promote themselves. There are a lot of really good ideas for SaaS (and some bad ones), but not many are well known yet.


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Hi Errol,

The next big thing will be managing “intangibles”, activities like knowledge, collaboration, processes, and engagement in a unified systematic and scientific manner.

Think of it this way, we moved from the Manufacturing Age, to the Information Economy, then the Knowledge Economy and now the OECD states that we are in the Intangible Economy. We have literally moved from tangible to intangible, yet all current management, economic, financial, accounting, and academic theories are based primarily in the “tangibles space”. The whole of accounting is based on financial transactions, law of legal property rights, economics on supply and demand of things, management on assets and costs, etc.

Talk about a Y2K situation.

When people finally understand that knowledge, collaboration, engagement, and other intangibles cause financial performance (which means jobs for employees, businesses for entrepreneurs, taxes for governments, returns for shareholders, and standard of living/GDP for the public), then there will be a world-wide revolution that will be like the Renaissance.

What would “Y21K” look like?

All academic courses being updated to reflect the mission-critical role intangibles play. Believe it or not, most people think intangibles are still intellectual property, brand, and goodwill – what about service, engagement, satisfaction, reputation, knowledge, collaboration, leverage, sustainability, ethics? Even fewer people understand that “intangibles cause tangibles” which is the first law of Intangibles according to international intangible standards.

As academic courses update, this will cause an explosion of new services, products, businesses, and much more. Just as information dominated the Information Age (read Microsoft), intangibles – their management, financial valuation, and improvement – will drive the Intangible Economy.

Have a look at http://www.intangibleintelligence.com it has some interesting links.

Another good website to see what is becoming possible with intangibles in management is http://www.standardsinstitute.org/leadership/

All the best with your search!

Best, Ken


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I’ll vote for fractional labor markets.

Society started with lifetime jobs, then multiple jobs, contract work, part time work, and now… fractional labor. What’s started at sites like Rent-a-Coder and oDesk is spreading to other occupations and even sites like LinkedIn Answers.

If the last ten years were about the rise of eCommerce for goods, the next ten are the rise of the online and mobile intangibles economy. We will sell knowledge, entertainment, and services; our time and intellectual work product instead of atoms.

While the eBays of the world are huge now, wait until they apply their “commerce community” experience to organize p2p markets for intangibles. Now it’s iPod accessories, soon it will be for forensic accountancy. They know how to bring buyers and sellers together, make a place feel safe, build reputations, and deliver the goods.

When the Keens first tried to launch in the last decade, nobody had broadband, wifi was a novelty, mobile phones didn’t have data plans, trusted payment mechanisms like PayPal were novelties, and communication tools like Skype were trying to work on dial-up.

Now, the technical and social prerequisites are here. Labor markets aren’t just flatter, they are divvying work into smaller, task-sized parcels.

So you can ask the talent pool if we have Any ideas about the “Next Big Thing?” and we can bid for your attention and wallet.

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The next big thing is always going to be the simplest thing, be it the SaaS or Web2.0. Anything can be the next big thing if you can make it Usable and simple for the end-users who use it.

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It’s amazing how many people think of modern technology when asked this question. But it’s even more suprising how the human side of being human gets placed in the cheap rows.
I personally believe a Spiritual Revolution is at hand. Maybe technology will play a great role, who knows, but I think more “human conciousness of self” will be of importance to the masses. You can already see the impact the Wellness Industry is having. This conciousness will be sparked by population growth, environmental issues, the aging boomers, who will leave us no retirement funds to fall back on (there’s simply not enough).
So, that said.
My answer is: Providing Services to those who seek Spiritual Enlightenment, or even the Renewable Energy.

Check the book link below: The Next Trillion (2007 release)


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Be more efficient with less power.
Save what can be still it by spending fewer and fewer energy power.
Better live for all those who arrive.
The new technologies can help us to reach this objective.

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Internet hasn’t got his last word yet. There is still lot of milestones to expect. Cheap wireless internet everywhere, so you are connected all the time. Cheap and more autonomous network devices, so e.q. your car can receive traffic announcements from other cars around and make decisions based on the data. Lots of other things to imagine.

But, if we step forward and forget about all the internet/communication subject, I would say that the next “killer idea” will be nanotechnology. Read Stanislaw Lem’s books if you want more ideas of this kind, with their pros and cons.

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I agree with Mr. Hughes. It’s going to be the Web2.0 that will be the next big thing for the internet. All the processing will be placed in the network from the desktop. Companies like Etelos will be leading the way.


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Thought it may have been the APPLE iphone from last weeks publicity, but now not so sure.
In the (heavily indebted) UK probably either huge increase in debt management companies or secured loan companies

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You may want to take a look at some of the latest ideas on the “labs” site at Adobe. In particular, http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Talk:Apollo would be a great starting point.


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Are personal integration to the internet.

The internet is still in a child stage. People still see it as a communication device like a phone.

For me the next big thing is to ingrate the internet in are lives in real time. Are access to the internet is still limited by the devices we use. Once we have human UI to the net I think it will be possible interact in real time with the net.


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My company, Boardwalktech has solved a problem that Microsoft has not solved in 15 years – how to make Excel truly collaborative. I’m not talking about at the file level as with SharePoint, but at the cell level. In fact, we reviewed our product with a solution architect from Microsoft, and his response was “I had no idea this was possible with Excel.” Our product literally eliminates the reasons people cite as why they want to get off spreadsheets – and turns them into a highly leveraged tool for managing your business.

The Boardwalk Enterprise Spreadsheet (BES) does for tabular data what relational systems did for file systems. Your users continue to work with Excel on the desktop, but now there is a single version of the truth for the data along with enterprise class access control, audit trail, and versioning – all at the cell level. Data can be automatically consolidated up through hierarchies and multiple users can access the same data without check in / check out. Data from ERP, SCM, CRM and other enterprise systems can be pulled into the BES environment enabling controlled collaborative access to this data. Using BES, you can automate a workflow process in weeks with very little user training.

Although we only recently introduced our product, we are already successfully implementing BES at several very large companies ranging in size from $10m to well over $30B and for 1000s of users.

This technology can be used to automate your existing Excel-based processes, or to rapidly build Excel-based client/server applications to meet user needs with very little investment of IT resources. BES has finally delivered what many in the IT community have been clamoring for – a way to extend the reach of their enterprise systems to the desktop – and to realize the full value of the investment they’ve made in enterprise applications.


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It’s still the Internet, just think 2″ screens. Mobile Phones and the Internet will be “colliding” soon and the generation that grew up text messaging will soon have the disposable income to make mobile search the next big thing.

Throwing the iPhone into the mix is just the first spark.


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open social networking in combination with closed CRM system

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One Laptop Per Child proposes to put half a billion Linux computers into classrooms around the world, with free textbooks and educational content, in a multitude of languages. Some of us intend to piggyback on OLPC to teach the children how to do international business right away, selling renewable cultural riches–song, dance, story, art, crafts–and agricultural products–coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, sauces, and much more. See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC4USA.

We also need WiMax deployments in the target countries so that the schools will all be on the Internet, and considerably more fiber optic lines to Asia, Africa, and Pacific island nations. That will come to several billion dollars by itself.

Among the consequences are

* the end of poverty in a generation in countries that implement the program
* tens of trillions of dollars of new economic growth
* billions of new customers for everything
* the end of Microsoft hegemony

Anybody here is welcome to join us, and to share in the new tens of trillions.


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Devices that you wouldn’t (necessarily) think to be connected to the Internetm will be connected (think Car Radios, Sat Navs, Camera) as well as the more obvious – mobile phones (will be permanently connected). With a whole raft of non-PC connected devices, software, services, programming etc will have to change – their will need to be a “am I tethered” or “iis the user un-tethered” approach to solutions. We don’t have that yet but it will come.


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There will be three big technology drivers before 2012.

First, mobile telephony bandwidths are just about to break through the magic 1Mb/s barrier. New 3G technologies, already appearing in phones like Nokia’s new N95 (I want one!) will initially allow download speeds of 1.8Mb/s, with a potential 10Mb/s in due course. On the upload side, similar speeds will be available a couple of years later, and, more tentatively, from 2010 onwards speeds of up to 40 Mb/s could be feasible.

Second, GPS is already widespread. Europe’s Galileo satnav system comes online in 2010, augmenting (while remaining completely independent from) the US GPS system. This will make GPS/Galileo-aware applications ubiquitious. Most new mobile phone models will include GPS capability as integrated receiver chip prices plummet.

Third, Moore’s Law will continue to hold, at least for the next decade. This will have the practical effect of maintaining the trend for mobile devices to become more powerful, and therefore allow them to run ever more powerful software.

These three technological foundations will lead to the internet leaving the desktop forever. By 2012, so long as you live within a metropolitan area, mobile internet usage in today’s familiar form will be de rigeur – everyone will be Googling from their Nokia N99, or whatever the next phone may be called. You will be watching mobile TV, probably projected onto any conveniently blank wall or other space. You’ll be downloading and listening to your favourite music, as you do today.

All of this is pretty much doable now. I use a Motorola A1000, and for all its shortcomings, I can do the above. What will change dramatically is the mode of user interaction and the intelligence in the mobile device. It will know, via GPS/Galileo, where you are. It will find local news stories of interest to you. It will hunt local bargains being advertised by nearby stores. You might elect to get the mobile device to point out local landmarks and sites of interest, perhaps along with an animated guide, thanks to augmented reality (AR) – maybe with the help of some AR goggles …

And if you see something of interest, you can point the phone at it and stream video up to a geotagged video news service, receiving video streams 24/7 from around the world, autoediting them into thousands of separate outgoing streams on a highly granular per-metre relevancy basis and renarrowcasting them for consumption. Imagine sitting in a traffic jam. You might get an alert that someone 300 metres up the road and around the corner was filming, live, the two fender bent cars being towed off the road. So you would know that the traffic was going to be moving shortly, and could sit tight for a bit longer.

It’s clear that as data and the power to process it in real time moves off the desktop and into mobile devices, we will cease to consider the real world and the internet two separate places. It won’t be seamless in five years’ time, but when you look back to today, you will wonder how we ever managed!


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I believe something should be done with portable energy. There are a lot of gadgets and each of them has its own system. There should be one standard for this to allow all the batteries to be recharged from one charger.

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The next big thing will be smaller than ever.

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Personal Genomes.

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As far as maximising profit in a world of instant service, you also need to consider managing the human intangibles such as mind-set, perceptions, beliefs, communication and team synery which affect customer alignment, end-to-end workflow, and consistent quality delivery. It’s the people who run the technology, and people buy from people.

How many technology leaders are working in an information age environment with an industrial age set of programs running in their unconscious?

There will always be ‘The next new thing’… are business people always ready to see it? We are already having amazing results for our corporate clients with this approach.

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Rutledge Patterson is a 2nd-degree contact

Rutledge Patterson

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My billion-dollar answer…. GRID.

Remote management of a fully automated virtualized GRID infrastructure. Leading a GRID services team that is ahead of the times, I know within a few years, if you are not running your business on an automated, virtualized GRID architecture / infrastructure your IT costs will drive you out of business. Deliver 100% uptimes a reality without the cost of triple redundancy. Reduced human resource expenses so scalable your margins will sky rocket. Coupled with the right processes, IT truly transitions to a trusted alley becoming a revenue generator and no longer viewed as an expense. We are doing it today and soon everyone will have to.

Rutledge Patterson also suggests these experts on this topic:

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Ulrike Kreibich

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The next „Big thing“ will be in the Internet. A global marketplace which is able, to beat ebay everywhere. We in Germany experience more and more people escaping from ebay to other destinations to deal. The reason is low security, low customer service and incredibly raising fees on ebay. A Management with no contact to the members, and a working-staff, which is not performing. They spend more than 60 Million Euros for advertising to catch even the dumbest guy, but they forget about their existing members. If you write an request to eBay Germany you get maybe a message back, which is very general written and does not help you in your situation.

More and more Sellers in Germany are supporting the other platform, which was founded one year ago. I personally think, that amprice will be the next “Big Thing”. The guy, who founded the platform told me, that he did not start real until now due to finance-matters, but his team has a good reputation and hundreds of former ebay-powersellers are spreading the word of the next and better marketplace: The trick is personality and service. That seems to be nothing special, but in combination with flatrate for big sellers and more realistic auctions (they expand the auctions, if bids come in the last three minutes) it will work. Their plans for the next steps are impressive and the sellers will support them in development and fine-tuning.

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Online charging/payment.

Is not new will evolve to support an ever increasing evolving world of many little “next big things”.

One single online charging acount service should be able to interact with any service and know when to accept the charge when to refuse and when to prompt the user.
A convergence between banking and online charging/payment systems is coming.

Either this or Quantum computing or P=NP proof send this concept down in flames, due to lack of security.

Best Regards
Fernando Silva


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Rohit Talwar (rohit@fastfuture.com) is your connection (1st-degree)

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Errol – we have done a mjaor study on scenarios and opportunities for next five years – drop me a mail if you’d like to discuss and see a copy of the findings.

Portable 3D Printers will alows us to fabricate in our own homes. We will be able to buy recipes instead of products and then fabricate them when required.

Knock on effect of going green. Marks and Spencer today anounced a plan to go carbon neutral by 2012. A central component of this will be to reduce drastically the amount of products it imports. If this sparks a trend – which I believe it will, this will have a massively beneficial effect on local suppliers and a potentially very detrimental effect on transnational distribution firms – so maybe sell shipping and buy short haul transport!

Rohit Talwar

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Blake Ross, founder of Firefox, often says that “the next big thing is what will make the last big thing USABLE.” (My capitalization).

If I couple that statement with Tom Peters’ statement that “the women’s market is Opportunity 1,” what I infer is that one of the next BIG THINGS will be “how to use the Internet to better serve women.”

Notice how few women use Linkedin. How can it be more, well, Oprah-like? Or how can the Internet develop applications that truly serve women?

But above and beyond market specificity, I would also bet that the next big thing will be ubiquitous applications that enable people to empower themselves through the precise and personalized acquisition of relevant knowledge, especially for professional development purposes.

Indeed, with the rise of China and India in the economic sphere and the entrance of three billion new workers into the global workforce, everybody will be scrambling for convenient, customized professional empowerment and advancement.

Hope my two cents was of service!

Cheers —

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The next BIG thing will be making EXISTING technologies/products and services usable to mere mortals (i.e. the mass of users). The User Experience is critical to broad acceptance of a product/service/technology. Most products (c.f. cell phone service) rely on some form of lock in in technology or contracts, rather than a superior product / service experience for which I will pay a fair (which may be premium) price.

The only reason we continue to use poor services is that there are no alternatives. VOIP is an example that, given time and a little more maturity will hurt cell companies.

Only when the brand promise and user experience match will a product or service REALLY take off.


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The next big thing, either: Optimistically: a) in the way that starbucks raised the bar on product, (turning a $.50 cup of coffee into a $5.00 cup of coffee), the next big thing will be to raise the bar on customer service (that $5.00 coffee will be served by a remarkably intelligent, courteous, and helpful barista, new cost: $15.00.) The conversion of service workers to knowledge workers in the developed world will stop the destruction of the middle class and make the world a more enjoyable, civilized place.

Pessimistic: Increasingly intelligent technologies such as RFID and robotics will continue to take the human out of everything, the service class will disappear, and the middle class will be completely destroyed. Only the hyper rich will have human-to-human consumer experiences.

I have no idea which will occur, but I’m sure it will be one of these scenarios. My work involves encouraging companies to go the first route by believing in employee contributions to the consumer experience.

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I am with Tad on this one:

>> Throwing the iPhone into the mix is just the first spark.

I would suggest that Steve Jobs has helped with “big things”
for some time now. As NeXTstep became Mac OS X… as the
iPod helped fuel podcasts (and the whole Web 2.0 thing).

Jay Walker gave a great presentation at the MITX Fireside Chat,
and talked about the power of the cell phone/network:

Walker is the father of Priceline dot com


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A new generation of displays and interfaces, including flexis, wearables, ubicomp, AI, and BCI (brain-computer or neural interfaces). Box/bar-of-soap and phone/PDA devices will die!


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Video search, enabled by hotspotting/hyperspotting


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I’m quite fond of Ulf’s answer, personally. Other than Ulf and a handful of others, quite a few answers here are self-serving promotions of people’s own company’s agenda (some more blatant than others).

If you look at the new iPhone, probably the only real innovative thing about it is the two fingered operation on images. This was highlighted in a fantastic movie that floated around on the internet showing university students demoing this capability in many different ways from images to cell creation. Everyone was amazed. Question is, how many people were smart enough to take it to the next step? Well, we know at least one did (Jobs).

Predicting the next biggest thing is pretty difficult but we all know it when we see it. My guess is somethings going to come out of Google soon that will blow everyone away, they’re a great set of innovators there. Something to do with wireless devices in N.A. is long overdue. The blackberry will be a dinosaur soon enough, as I’m sure most people in the UK would agree (they have some sweet devices over there and in Japan).

There has to be a power revolution just around the corner as well. Batteries are far too weak and combustable fluids are far too damaging. Something new here has to come out or we’ll all be walking to work soon.

And for all the people that say the internet is in its infancy… yeah, couldn’t agree more. I seriously doubt its going to be a return to VT (dumb) terminals, though. I frankly want to keep all my photos on my own hard-drive, thanks, as well as have control over my own software. But there’s no question that right now, we are still picking up the earpiece on a string phone on the old phone, turning the crank, and then asking the operator to put us through to “Mrs. Smith” right now. That’s more about evolution than innovation, though, imho.

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Here are three of the “next big things:”

(1) Service virtualization (a refinement of SOA that used the concept of virtual containers);

(2) Event processing and complex event processing (CEP) using high performance rules-engines, and the application to complex, distributed computing (as “agents”);

(3) The combination of (1) and (2) with Web 2.0 applications, social networking and personal edge devices such as next generation cell phones.


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What a great question! I just read a book that is an excellent resource: Thomas Friedman’s “The World Is Flat.” It is chalk full of examples of how business has changed and the direction it is heading. It doesn’t just answer this question, but it gives an excellent framework on how to collaborate and discover the “Next Big Thing”

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It probably won’t be the NEXT big thing, but what we are seeing happening now – virtual communities like secondlife – might be a prelude to the SECOND NEXT big thing…

Now, to go to work, people drive to their own offices, meet clients at their offices, fly to different countries just so they can really MEET other people, and thereby making better contact: some business can still not be made through the telephone, and requires personal contact.

My expectation of the “office of the future” would be a room just inside your own house, with videowalls all around. You’d be able to “meet” your collegues, clients and suppliers without having to physically move more than the 15 feet from your living room. One of the reason’s it is not there today, is lack of bandwith; this will be solved. The other problem is response time: it does take some time for light to travel from New York to Bombay, and this small timelapse (say 20 000 km, 300 000 km/sec ==> 0,067 seconds delay) might a reason meeting face-to-face will stay for another few centuries.

Here in The Netherlands, in an 8-hour workday many people drive 2 hours by car and/or train, just to go to their own offices.

It wouldn’t suprise me if the CEO’s of the future would meet for a game of golf in their own living room, each holding an Wii-like golfclub ;-0

Just my 2 cents;-0

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I would very much agree with Tim and others. Virtualization is as I see it the driving force right now. Reasons; Bandwidth costs dive, existing services (liek Amazons computing cloud) continue to grow.

Next specific thigns that hasn’t happened yet but soon will; 1) The first free virtual PC on the net (along the same lines as the first free hosted web page in the nineties), replciated and secure. 2) A slim protocl for generic cross-provider replication of virtualized state (Possibly GRID)


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try http://www.pxidigital.com 2-3 times faster in customer turn around time over competition on-demand kiosks and with a print quality up 40% better.
Currently selecting master country licencee’s


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IMHO the future lies in biotech and nanotech. Combined it can change may result in unlimited possibilities for areas ranging from healthcare to bionics and human/machine interaction.

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Answers are somewhere beyond WEB2.0 and The World Is Flat. Stepping away from both, I observe that the Great Ideas somehow happen upon us and are largely a result from organic evolution of concepts: some work, most don’t. During the industrial revolution a similar thing happened with technology and science. Haphazard progress at first that then became the mainstream tracks that we all grew up with.

I wonder if the next big thing is a formal understanding of the concepts that we see emerge. The patterns are emerging and clear, all we need to do is formalize them into a language (human + network + business) that allows us to manipulate these patterns to draw logical conclusions and build “next big thing” architectures with them. In 50 years from now school kids will come up with 2007 Great Ideas by way of homework by simply doing the maths.

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“People won’t accept a new idea until it is 75 percent old” — John Kenneth Galbraith

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OK, Someone is going to make a lot of money on this. US government just shut down access to Mastercard, VISA, etc to the offshore gambling internet sites and overnight a 6 billion dollar a year industry folded, stocks dropped etc. Someone is going to build or finance a way for people to send money to an account in some other country to circumvent this. Whoever does it with sufficient consumer confidence in the operation will make LOTS of money.

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I think that the next big deal will be user provided content for entertainment that is available on line and fully integrated with mobile applications. Wait, that’s my company Club Scene Network!

I feel that New Media is going to be the “Next Big Thing.” Actually I do feel strongly that the Entertainment industry is to undergo major changes. Anyone can be a celebrity these days and with better communications and more access to information, it makes it easier and easier to do so. There will definitely be a mobile component in the next big thing as well as cool new features that are custom to just them.

Until we become paperless, there will need to be a traditional component for this new media.


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George Feist [Lion] 750+

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I believe Mr. Hughes’ suggestions have validity if you are a software developer/manufacturer. In addition to his points on the pricing and support, these models offer two other unique advantages. For one thing, they generate recurring subscription income streams for the manufacturer and they check or eliminate software piracy at least initially because they are all IP based products.

As far as the Internet having had it’s run, I do not totally agree. I believe that the Internet will continue to develop and evolve into a central content core supporting new distribution media as it emerges, like the Iphone. I don’t think companies will spend billions to replicate and manage their digital content redundantly, kind of like upgrading a music library from LP’s to Cassette tapes to Cd’s as new media technologies emerge, the music content didn’t change, the delivery media did.

I think the next powerful wave will be in Social Media Marketing and the so called Social Networking Portals Like LinkedIn, YouTube, Second Life and My Space to name a few. I have a few ideas on which of these will survive
flourish but not in this forum. I call them democratic media delivery forums because it is the actual members that ultimately decide on what they like/dislike and actually have the power to impact your message delivery.

I hope this was of assistance to you Mr. van Engelen,


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Next Big thing will be in Social Networking, eHealth, Medical Tourism, eCollaboration, Open Source CMS – notably Drupal, PBX – Asterix.

When all this happens, the whole shift(volcanic shift) will be in Internet Advertisements with whole new model of CPC, CPA, CPS, etc.

Roshan Shah
CEO – BPO Canada Global Services Corporation

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Hi All

Well, a lot of technologies are emerging and it depends on the eye of the beholder, but if there’s ONE BIG one out there it must be summed up in online network communities (some of which are under the “umbrella” called web 2.0.) and sites like youtube and the new joost.com which are challenging the “old” way of defining television. When the indidual decides what and when we see the things we want, we’ll make a great leap forward in the democratic way of bringing information around the world (as some of you allready have mentioned).

But is there a downside here? What do your guys think?

Best regards


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I would agree with Tim Bass, and Roal van der plank.

SOA is still underdevelopped in practice. The concepts are great but the practical implementations that are working on the field interconnecting companies still allow much improvement. so all technologies that will improve that will be bigger.

the next paradigm to move on to when you come from a Service Oriented design will be an event driven design. Currently service providers and service consumers are still aware of each others presence, and the central points like service registries and security features make this awareness of each other embedded in the designs.

If in the fture the separation of concerns (a driving factor behind SOA) is fully expanded, you would get service, or rather agents, that are completely unaware of other agents, or at least not concerned at all of what their are doing. service request would get broadcasted to the community, service replies would come back, independent from where they come, and the service requester that got all the answers can choose what to do with them.
It could indeed be compared to “second life” but then for computer programs. Services would be provided and consumed in a big blob of interactions, without knowing exactly why, where or how. Each service is responsible for his own result, own security, own failover, etc …

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My idea is that the Internet has not completed its run yet. In my opinion Internet will become more interactive, like Second Life. Only second life is more or less a game, interactivity like that can actually open doors in communication. This would also require other user-interfacing than your average computer. Internet now is about looking (mostly reading) and talking. When feeling and smell will be introduced, the Internet will become an entirely different place to be.


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The magic word is “Convergence”.

There are huge opportunities for synergistic combinations of existing technologies, products & services everywhere.

There are already lots of success stories for this kind of innovation (e.g. Skype).

Techies tend to look down their nose at many of these kind of innovations, because they often don’t have anything that is really new (e.g. patentable), but from business and end-user perspectives they are often very exciting.

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Here’s something off-the-wall: Acting groups — “acting” as in theater.

If you combine the increasing interest in fantasy play (X-box, SimCity, etc.) with (I believe) the inevitable reaction to increased social isolation, acting groups could be a “big thing” in the near future. In fact, I’m thinking of creating one myself.

Imagine a group of people getting together on a regular basis to do acting exercises and rehearse and discuss plays — even if they never perform them in public. Each person’s role is their ego-protecting mask that allows them to interact with a variety of other people in a safe environment with a time limit. The roles, discussions, and acting exercises allow them to explore their own personality, fantasy role-play, and to meet and interact with others. It would combine elements of speed dating, fantasy computer games, chat rooms, and all the other ways people currently try to connect with others and express themselves — but it would be face to face.

How likely is such a thing to become a part of pop culture? Consider the popularity of Studio 51 in New York City, where being judged interesting enough to be let in the door was part of the fun. Consider the popularity of bowling leagues at one time. Consider the popularity of online gaming, where strangers can interact in fantasy role play. Consider speed dating.

How could such “acting groups” be commercialized? By packaging acting exercises, plays, how-to manuals, and props for such acting groups to buy; by providing web space for such groups to communicate among themselves and to post videos of their performances; by organizing competitions for performing scenes; by renting out space, such as in unusued offices and warehouses. Professional theater groups could organize such groups and provide them space and guidance, thereby identifying and attracting new patrons to their own commercial performances.

Also, theater as therapy is already being done with success in schools and prisons — so there is precedent for “ordinary people” doing and enjoying being in acting groups.

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Our relationship with technology will getting closer: introduced by the Internet and cell phones and helped by governments’ education programs that learn how to use a computer at the age of 3, human beeings will be familiar with technology. While consuming increase, technology will be cheaper and our everyday-life objects will more and more integrate complex technology.

Moreover, interaction between human beeings and machines is increasing and become easier : face and speech recognition, natural language process, haptic periphericals (see Wii success) and others intercation that facilitate our dialogue with the machine will change our point of view of who is our relationship with the machines, and many applications will emerge (not newly created, not an innovation, but as they became cheaper, they will integrate our everyday life).

Progress made in the complex domain of Augmented Reality and globalization of the wireless Internet will change our vision of the world: imagine you wearing a pair of thin eyeglasses from Armani, walking through the streets of Paris, and as you look at the Notre-Dame cathedral, information about its dimensions and a brief of its history will appear on your sight without any movement; the face of the guy who nods to you will be recognized, and its name you have naturally forgotten will be displayed in your sight so that you will be able to say “Hi Olivier ! How is your wife … Simone ?” (thanks to augmented reality).
Moreover, your webcam-equiped recognizes you and
Virtual Reality used to make see-sick, Augmented Reality will allow us to become omniscient on our real world.

Moreover, agent technology, virtualization of platform and storage, grid computing will allow programs to physically move from a place to another, as a Deus ex-Machina.

Agent technologie included in nano-machines will allow newer interactions with human beeings since they can explore places we cannot explore, like pipes, fires, and our bodies itself to inspect our arteries.

These innovations are combination of already existing technologies (event if nanotechnologies and agent technology is not yet or recently industrialized). Others are born from the imagination of S-F writers and, some innovations written years before have finally become true. Read S-F, the Next Big Thing must be in one this type of novell.

But a way to find the Next Big Thing is to listen to China’s needs and technologic orientations: the 2008 Beijing’s Olympics will trigger an economic boom that will increase chineses’ consuming, and the country with the biggest market of the world will edict its whims. Take maybe a look at technologies that allow the censure of information and the tracking of millions of people and … learn Mandarin ?

Wait and see…

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It depends on your definition of the ‘next big thing’.

Mine is certainly Club Intimate 🙂


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Some interesting answers all around.

It is useful to understand some key enablers of great things:

1) They are completely open. No one controls them. Think TV, radio, the Internet, VOIP.

2) They disrupt markets. VOIP has reduced long distance calling from $000’s per month to a small monthly bill. That’s got to hurt the big players.

3) Your patent is worth nothing. The invention is not the same as the end use. The Internet was a protocol for connecting people, but the winners are amazon.com or google.com – they did not invent the Internet.

4) The next great thing is already here. No one has found a way to disrupt the market effectively yet.

5) The next next great thing is already thought of. Some one is writing a patent for it now.

6) What is the next next next great thing ?

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Think about Carbon Global Market, we can find some great fare-trades now.


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The next big thing is in real-time gaming!

>> http://www.moola.com


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A sane world

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From the founders of Skype:
Joost™ is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We’re in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat. There are many more new features to come!


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2005 was the year of the social network. In 2006, online video was the chief cause of acquisition hysteria. Will 2007 be the year of the online gaming site? Why not? Where else do you find an audience so devoted they’ll forfeit sleep and food? A growing audience that is loyal, habitual, and young seems ripe for the picking.

Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that World of Warcraft, the subscription-based online battle so compelling to gamers all over the world that people have died of exhaustion, or of virtual weapon jealousy, has surpassed eight million users: 2 million in the US, 1.5 million in Europe, and 3.5 million in China.

In Australia, the mania is for Runescape, which holds a 7.23 percent market share of gaming site visitors. Hitwise’s Sandra Hanchard writes that, in this region of the world (Asia-Pacific region), more than one in five visits in the entertainment category visits a gaming site. Well, it’s closer to a quarter:
23.86 percent of visits were to online gaming sites, dwarfing multimedia sites’ 12.12 percent, and movies’ 5.92 percent.

“While we’ve seen the recent explosive growth of YouTube and video sharing,” says Hanchard, “it would seem that the online Games industry is deserving of more attention by marketers and advertisers given its prominence in website visits.”

Susquehanna Financial Group (SFG) agrees, and recently reported that just 16 percent of the international audience has been penetrated, in terms of online advertising. In the US and Europe, it’s more like 50 percent, but the Internet is evolving rapidly as a world market, and games transcend languages and cultures.

Jason Lee Miller , http://www.webpronews.com


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Some suggest that the PC as we know it today is on its way out. I believe that the TV as it exists today is on its way out. I wouldn’t invest too much money in Blue-Ray or HD-DVD either. The wave of the future for entertainment media is pure digital media, stored on shared servers online.

As Sun once quoted “The Network is the Computer”, I say “The Computer is the TV” and thus “The network IS the TV”

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Teletransportation 🙂

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before the net such questions were exclusively conceived and answered by a few cherry picked journalists!! The next big thing after the net : hmmm.. I think more people having hope in the next big thing coming from their corner of the world – to me – thats bigger than whatever the THING comes out to be..as ti relates to hope and belief in innovation from all corners of the world..

and I think a lot of BRIC nations are waiting to exhale… good for them.. good for the world GDP !

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As improbable as this sounds – and teleportation and time travel will probably come in the interim – but the next big thing will be real work/life balance, probably enabled by Web 02, on demand software etc, and everyone just re-evaluating what really is important in the face of Planet Earth now being on a stop watch (i.e. the environmental time bomb).

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Realistically? Highly social media. video, audio, text but in the greater social networking context. Far beyond what MySpace, Facebook, YouTube etc. Creative marketing taking advantage social behaviour of groups.

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Most people are talking about gadgets etc. but one thing in common to all of them they need power. This will become harder to produce to more we consume. Think about it, if in ten years time both China and India consume the same amount of power as each individual in the US does. We will not be able to cope. So as soon as someone finds a cheap way of storage and using renewable energies, then that will get everything going in both portable and for the stationary.

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The Internet is still where the action is in my opinion. Products, services, movements etc that leverage the Internet/Web is where the next big thing is. The dotcomm bust followed the initial boom. Now the next wave based on the Internet is due. There are enough trends made possible/accelerated by the net:

Products: All the Web 2.0 activity, Open Source.
Services: Off-shoring
Movements: moveon.org, political campaigns (all the recent US Presidential runs were announced on the web).

The next big thing is definitely Internet-based!

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The answer to your question lies in presence, location and pervasiveness. Modern wireless devices (CDMA/EVDO/EVDOrA/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA) have reached/are reaching a point where they have the horsepower and user interface capabilities to support broad ranging Internet and connected application technologies. Furthermore, Assisted-GPS technologies such as Qualcomm’s gpsOne technology enable the information access to be contexted based on location as well as more traditional filters such as preferences, demographics, etc. Finally, growing deployment of presence technologies will enable lower overhead interaction to state information that will enable highly selective/targeted interaction with the mobile devices. All this translates into getting the information and services “that you want”, “when you want them.” These capabilities will extend and enhance the traditional Internet to become both more useful, more timely and more focused.

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Next Big Thing. All the answers are interesting and some insightful. I’m suggesting another POV. We continue to build ever more complex, interconnected, and very fragile systems. All the tech is vulnerable to corporate and govenment information warfare, recreational and other terrorism, and general infrastructure failures. The NBT we need is a means to protect both distributed and centralized technology infrastructure from attacks and more resilient and robust architectures that limit systemic failures.

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Rather than provide a specific answer to the next big thing, I’d like to offer more of an overview that is meta that question. “What drives the Internet itself?” provides a context within which to answer the big thing question this year, next year, and thereafter. I wrote about this in the introduction to my first Internet book in 1993 (the full text is linked to on my profile), and I have been watching it come true ever since. In a word, it is all about communication, or more specifically, the sharing of knowledge and experience among the people of the world.

Virtually every major success on the Internet has forwarded that agenda in some significant way, and that will remain true indefinitely. So to evaluate a new idea and its impact or value, just ask how well it serves to facilitate communication and sharing between people. The hottest areas now are broadband, wireless, user-created content, and increasing accessibility to bridge the “digital divide.” But even when those things mature, there will be a new crop of ideas that are the logical extension of the foundation they provide. And they will always have the same thing in common: sharing.

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The next big thing?

How about the ability harness the power of your PC when you are not using it? When you leave your desk for lunch your PC goes to work for you and earns you money, crunching data for other companies.

How will it change our lives? – It will mean more efficient use of the world’s IT equipment – which means less consumption of the world’s precious resources. Less new machines need to be made, less power is used to make them and existing machines are more fully utilized.

Companies with large computing projects can tap into the existing networked supply rather than buying new equipment – No heating concerns, no power concerns, no datacenter space concerns, just an elastic cloud of computing resource.


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“Next Big Thing” – is a very generic word. It could mean anything from clean energy tech to bio-tech. However, I am assuming that you are interested in computing/Networking technology arena.
If you travel back to the innovation time line, you will see that these innovations that we are enjoying today can be categorized in to two distinct category – Leapfrogging and Disruptive. If you look more closely, we will see that only those disruptive technologies actually made the splash – i.e. considered as Next Big Thing.
One more thing, there are relationships such as geography, drivers/enablers and applications, which actually deeply impact on the “Next Big Thing”.

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The next big thing will be nano in nature Naotechnology, biotechnology, microsurgery, nanofibres, nano-fuelcells and nanocomputers…..

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By the time young managers (around age 30) will retire, the world will have no oil (petrol) or fish. But I also very strongly believe that humans will find either a feasible substitute or way to revive them.

The next big idea will be
1) Substitute to oil
2) Development in acquaculture to revive the fish population. so that we can still enjoy “fish” as a food.

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The next big thing can only be about showing our true personnality over the internet. It’s profiling in 3 dimensions so to say and that is why I have specialized in that area.

I can see it happening al around me, troughout my network. People want to really show themselves or their companies true nature in order to target clients or other people with same interest. Most of them don’t know how to do it and don;t realize how important it is to find matching communication styles.

This (networking in LI) is very much in 2 dimensions). You write down your profile and you’ll get the audience that reflect to you through your questions and answers. The future is beginning with initiatives such as Second Life. However ‘gamish’ as it still is, it has the ability to show more of ourselves and that will increase with the upcoming voice integration. Thats the way forward and if you want to know more about how to generate real business out of that and how to generate real business out of the networking portals already here such as this one, please visit my webstie and contact me at my email address so that I can help with a targeted, ROI based online strategy..


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Internet has been here a while and will grow. Web 2.0? Its even becoming old news already..

The next big thing will be a silent one – one that slowly becomes a part of everyday use without even being slightly noticed as such. Whats the most common thing among people..internet or not? Transportation. And the power to drive it. Thats where the revolution will come.


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I read an interesting post from Seth’s Blog: Web 4!


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The hot new beverage category is going to be for digestive health…doesn’t sound that sexy, but with more than 75% of US consumers being irregular to some extent, good products in this area are going to get a lot of people moving…a spoonable yogurt called Activia from Dannon is already making waves, but since we are a “have to do it with one hand” society, a beverage will allow for this and hit the sweet spot in terms of an increasingly mobile and on the go society!

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A couple of ideas on this subject:

1) With the baby boom generation starting to hit retirement time within the next 10/15 years, coupled with longer life expectation and their cashing in on the investments made from the end of WWII until now, there will be a high demand on senior services: on the health sector on one hand, and on the entertainment industry on the other. People will demand them, and have the money to pay for it.

2) To my knowledge, the US is planning to build a Moon settlement (ok, “GWB outlined it as a goal” is more like it). Even if it will mainly serve as a launching pad for expeditions to Mars, those of us that remember Space 1999 back from the 70s/80s (too bad it was sci-fi and not a documentary ;-)) can easily envisage that a lot more can be done in the Moon as long as it is viable for human living. Of course, project Biosphere and others alike did not exactly provide great expectations as to us being able to build an artificial self-contained living space in hostile land… but IF (notice the emphasis) the Moon settlement goes ahead successfully, I’d say that’ll potentiate a great impact on the future.

As for the “most immediate” big thing that changes/impacts our lives, I’ll stick to my first example above: quality of life in general, and entertainment in particular, for the increasingly affluent, soon-to-be retired population.


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Mobile devices, GPS, PDAs, etc etc all into one device.

Gaming Devices, digital TVs, computers etc all into one device.

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Yes, but no telling……

No seriously Internet is not dead yet…..wireless secure service everywhere for everyone…oh and weekends on the moon.

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