February 26 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Other Year: 2008 Rating: 20
“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to
spend the rest of my life.”
—George Burns, late great cigar smoking comedian
As a species, we just can’t get ahead.
Despite the many innovations that have bettered humans’ ability to look into the future, the ongoing convergence of these technologies and information structures has accelerated the pace of change, making it harder for us to imagine what’s just around the corner. New blogs (Tech Crunch, Mashable, Gizmodo), trend trackers (TechMeme, Buzz Market, Trendio) and prediction markets (Inkling, Predictify, Zii Trend) are useful and necessary attempts to claim back our forecasting advantage. Adding to such efforts is the brand new Future Blogger, a site that aims to take discussion of the wider future to the next level.
On behalf of the Future Blogger team: Welcome!!
Future Blogger is a blog network focused on exploring ground-breaking information related to the future. The site combines rich top-down reporting and images with broad bottom-up content generated by a community with diverse interests. Experts and amateurs alike can contribute predictions, scenarios, trend analyses, future fiction, illustrations, videos and any other future-related content. Guided by a community feedback system, the best posts are funneled to the top, to the front page and a broader audience, where they receive increased community feedback. These posts are also submitted to Future Scanner, a future-focused digg-clone that both amplifies the signal of Future Blogger and serves as a valuable resource for future bloggers working on new posts.
All that being said, what does all of this mean for you, the future-interested web surfer?
For one, you can regularly check out the main pages of both Future Blogger and Future Scanner to quickly get an overview of the wild future ahead of us. Go deeper by filtering content by future year and category or by exploring other posts by your favorite future bloggers. And make sure to take advantage of our various RSS feeds and Facebook widget if you’re pressed for time.
It’s also easy (and free) to open an account that lets you comment, vote, submit cool links and keep track of your favorite content. Taking a moment to setup a MemeBox account will not only help organize your simulation of the future, it will serve to incorporate your feedback into the broader site, helping shape the overall direction and content.
For those of you looking to contribute memes to the global future dialogue, there’s no better place to post your thoughts, predictions, illustrations and scenarios than Future Blogger. Whether you’re an established writer looking to extend your reach, or an up-and-coming thinker seeking feedback and an audience, teaming with the Future Blogger community is a win-win proposition. You can easily submit original or cross-posted content through your user account to engage an active future-focused community.
Together, Future Blogger and Future Scanner represent a new method for imagining the future ahead of us. As Burns said, we’re all going to spend the rest of our lives there, so it’s important that we better our simulation of what’s coming next. We’re psyched that you’ve ventured our way and hope you’ll stick around as we build a valuable resource and thread together visions of the possible tomorrows ahead of us.
Holler at Your Future-Focused Boys & Girls, -vis