Designer and technologist Michell Zappa surveys the new technology landscape.
The World Technology Summit & Awards, presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, and Kurzweil Technologies, among others, at the TIME Conference Center has been called a gathering of "the people creating the 21st Century" -- the most innovative people in the world in science and technology and related fields. The conference theme this year is "SURVIVE 2012, PREPARE FOR 2021." Speakers ranging from Ray "Singularity" Kurzweil to Dan "Back of the Napkin" Roam to James "The Information" Gleick to Susan "President of the ACLU" Herman to Art "Scenarios" Kleiner take on the toughest issues facing us today so we can figure out how to navigate to tomorrow. An assortment of on-stage "demos" by Finalists from this year's World Technology Awards ensures that the audience has its finger on the pulse of current technological innovation. Culminating in the World Technology Awards gala ceremony from the United Nations Delegate's Dining Room, the overall experience is a concentrated peek at the future.
Michell Zappa is a London-based technologist and designer originally from Stockholm, who has spent part of his life in Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. He holds a BA in Social Communication and has worked for advertising agencies and the trend forecasting bureau trendwatching.com.
His true interest lies in thinking about the future of technology and how society adapts to its rapid change. In 2008 he presented a keynote about (then) emerging technologies in Sao Paulo, and the idea of professionally thinking and writing about emerging technologies and accelerating change stuck with him.
Currently, he is developing and designing a framework for visualizing the future of technology, attempting to demonstrate for different areas of research cluster -- and speculating about when said technologies are bound to become mainstream.
The current iteration of the visualization, which can be found here is evidently subjective, but nonetheless attempts to facilitate other researchers to see the connections between seemingly disparate areas of research. Envisioning these correlations is key to predicting potential solutions and imagining where humanity is headed.
He is studying toward becoming a systems-thinker with a distinct outlook on how technology transforms society. He hopes to see this research being applied to human-centered design and strategic development of products, scenarios, and policy.
Designer and technologist Michell Zappa discusses his quest to create a visualization of emerging technologies. Zappa explains that he amassed information to better understand emerging tech trends and highlight the interdependence of different technologies.