ScenarioLand.com: Bringing the Future to Life through Fiction & Scenarios

What’s your vision of the future? What should we fear? What can we hope for? How do you see human culture co-evolving with technology? Will existing nations and ways of life weather the coming storm?

New York, NY – October 15, 2008 – MemeBox.com, Your Forum for the Future, is proud to announce the launch of Scenario Land (http://www.scenarioland.com). Edited by futurist Alvis Brigis, the new site tackles the future head-on through a provocative blend of speculative fiction and plausible trend-informed scenarios.

“Striking the balance between entertainment and empirical futurism, Scenario Land is a place where creative and critical thinkers alike can engage the future,” says Editor Alvis Brigis, “Whether your strength lies in narrative story-telling, essay writing, illustration, composite imaging, comics, video, machinima or elsewhere, Scenario Land is a great outlet for sharing and debating visions of our future.”

As a branch of MemeBox’s FutureBlogger network, Scenario Land overlaps with other future-focused sister blogs including The Energy Roadmap (theenergyroadmap.com) and Future of Gadgets (launching soon). This unique system allows Scenario Land to retain a unique voice while also amplifying reach and inviting valuable perspectives from other niche focus areas.

“Change is accelerating, making it increasingly difficult to envision the futures ahead of us,” points out MemeBox CEO Jeff Hilford, “So our goal here at MemeBox is to create a rich, interactive playground that allows you to explore various trends and tomorrows. Scenario Land is a key part of our growing eco-system where people can fearlessly speculate about and debate all things future.”

If you’ve got a big imagination for the future and want to contribute your thoughts about a rapidly changing world, Scenario Land is the place to get it all out and spread your powerful ideas.

For more information, please contact memebox@memebox.com.

TheEnergyRoadmap.com: Exploring the Future of Energy

What does the future of energy look like in the 21st century? Which elements will remain the same? Which emerging technologies might reinvent how we look at energy? Most importantly, how quickly might things change?

New York, NY – September 22, 2008 – MemeBox.com, Your Forum for the Future, is proud to announce the launch of The Energy Roadmap (http://www.theenergyroadmap.com).

Edited by energy industry futurist Garry Golden, the new blog/site focuses on the most disruptive ideas poised to transform the energy industry over the next decade and beyond.

“The Energy Roadmap aims to bridge the gap between emerging energy technology and deeply rooted accelerating change,” says MemeBox CEO Jeff Hilford, “Garry’s professional background in energy and futures studies will open up new conversations on the future of energy. We are very pleased to add his unique voice to the mix.”

The sheer scale of the energy industry means that most changes will happen gradually, but the sector is not immune to the power of disruptive technologies, accelerating change and entrepreneurial business models. The Energy Roadmap seeks to place these dynamics into the proper context around some of the biggest ideas shaping the future:

  • Role of carbon pricing schemes
  • Impact of nanoscale materials science and engineering
  • Role of biology in energy production and carbon utilization (e.g. algae biofuels)
  • Energy storage and distributed power generation (e.g. micro-power, on-site power generation)
  • Role of software and power management systems for ‘smart grids’
  • Evolution of the Hydrocarbon Industry (coal, petroleum and natural gas)
  • Next generation renewables, nuclear, wave, geothermal, and beyond
  • Reducing energy intensity of industrial processes (e.g. chemicals, agriculture, materials manufacturing)
  • Growing influence of venture capital and energy entrepreneurs

“Energy has become synonymous with the future,” points out Garry Golden, Editor of The Energy Roadmap, “Global demand for energy will double in only a few decades. Incremental improvements will simply not be enough to meet increasing expectations for clean and abundant energy. And we expect disruptive energy systems to emerge from the convergence of new science, technology and business models. The Energy Roadmap is the first blog explicitly devoted to this structured debate about the future of energy.”

While other blogs focus on green energy or specific aspects of the industry, The Energy Roadmap takes a more comprehensive approach, focusing on all aspects of energy production, storage and distribution. Daily insights focus on energy breakthroughs happening across the world from research labs to boardrooms to our homes and offices. The source of disruptive change will likely come from the interaction between energy and other areas like nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, cross-cultural development, technology diffusion, and new regulatory environments. This cross-disciplinary approach is essential to the more accurate exploration of the possible paths energy evolution may take.

“Energy is one of the key issues of our time,” says MemeBox President Alvis Brigis, “By attacking from all angles, we have established the conditions necessary to advance public discussion of the domain. This is a golden opportunity (pardon the pun!) to systematically explore one major aspect of the future.”

As part of the growing MemeBox Future Network, which also includes Future Scanner and Future Blogger, The Energy Roadmap will incorporate the broadest range of future-related information currently available on the web. Running on the the same content platform, its doors will be open to submissions by industry professionals, energy scholars, energy bloggers, professional and amateur futurists alike. The top submissions will appear on either the Future Blogger or The Energy Roadmap main pages (http://www.theenergyroadmap.com) where they will gain additional exposure and further advance the dialogue about our future.

For more information, please contact memebox@memebox.com.

MemeBox Launches Future Blogger in Beta

How do you see the future unfolding? Whether you’re a budding futurist, aspiring sci-fi author, passionate debater or seasoned pro, Future Blogger may be just the outlet you’re looking for. A unique crowd-powered structure for your original predictions, visions and scenarios, Future Blogger provides a stage from which you can share your thoughts about tomorrow with a like-minded community.

New York, NY—February 26, 2008 – MemeBox is very pleased to announce the public beta release of Future Blogger (futureblogger.net), a blogging community dedicated to exploring the future.

Future Blogger enables anyone and everyone interested in the future to easily post their thoughts, predictions and scenarios before a like-minded group of people. These posts are then rated by the community, with the best content rising to the top and onto the Future Blogger main page.

“Future Blogger is a place where science fans, budding futurists and experts can all collaborate to make better sense of the future ahead of us,” says MemeBox CEO, Jeff Hilford, “It’s a forum for the discussion and debate of the world of tomorrow that provides greater context and extension than you’ll find in standard prediction markets.”

Future Blogger’s outward facing main page is structured by a mix of community ratings and editorial curation. Composed of high-level interviews, custom illustrations, entertaining polls and all the best the community has to offer, the site is an engaging combination of top-down and bottom-up that gives every future blogger a chance to reach a broader audience.

“With niche content communities emerging all over the web, there’s an opportunity to take dedicated human info processing to another level,” argues MemeBox President, Alvis Brigis, “By combining the power of a diverse yet focused community and the right amount of top-down facilitation, it becomes possible to structure ideas and content more efficiently. It’s our goal to build the most efficient future-focused content site.”

Providing a shot to the arm of Future Blogger is its sister application Future Scanner, which aggregates and organizes the best future-related content on the web by year and category. Future Blogger users gain access to the Future Scanner through the same central user account and can use the site to easily browse and keep track of their favorite future links. Whenever a Future Blogger post receives enough votes it is automatically submitted to the Future Scanner, boosting its reach and social surface area.

“By combining the strengths of Future Blogger and Future Scanner we are creating a place where people can more effectively discuss and organize their visions of the future,” says MemeBox CEO, Jeff Hilford, “Together, these applications form a powerful resource that lets people easily share and discover future-related content.”

Future Blogger makes it easy for contributors to further spread their content via RSS and through a Facebook widget that can display their blog posts, scans or favorite content. It’s also a cinch to keep track of comments, maintain a future-focused blog roll, and see where one stacks up relative to the rest of the Future Blogger and Future Scanner community via the upcoming Wall of Fame.

“As someone who’s always been fascinated by the future, this is a platform that I wanted to exist yesterday,” jokes Alvis Brigis, company President, then adds, “I think that we’re going to have a lot of fun with this while also performing an important social service. I can’t wait to see the mix of ideas, predictions and visions that emerges here on Future Blogger.”

Jeff Hilford, CEO, sums up, “From a broader perspective, our goal here at MemeBox is to create a rich, interactive playground that allows people to explore the future and see how accelerating technological change will increasingly affect their everyday lives.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact memebox@memebox.com.

Future Scanner: Your Source for 2008 Predictions

With 2008 rapidly approaching, the Future Scanner is your one-stop-shop for New Years predictions. Whether you’re interested in venture capital, cyber-crime, social media, real estate, politics or medicine, the Future Scanner lets you easily navigate the best future-focused articles, video, websites and prediction lists on the web.

New York, NY—December 22, 2007 – As the New Year gets closer, you may find yourself seeking specific information on what 2008 will bring. If so, there’s no better place to quickly find the field-specific predictions you’re looking for than futurescanner.net.

The Future Scanner is a community-powered application that organizes information about the future by year and category. Dedicated to the cutting-edge stories shaping our tomorrow, the MemeBox Future Scanner is an essential tool for anyone interested in what new developments and technologies we can expect to witness 2008.

“The amount of great 2008 predictions out there on the web is staggering,” says MemeBox President Alvis Brigis, “The Future Scanner makes it easier than ever to search these and find specific quotes, graphs and video that will help you see what’s on the horizon.”

Some of the 2008-specific material that can be found at futurescanner.net includes links like:

  • 15 Innovators & Influencers for 2008
  • IPhone is a Remote Control in 2008
  • Projected Growth of Virtual Worlds in 2008
  • Yahoo Launches Dashboard for 2008 Elections
  • 2008 Will Be the Year of Business Networking
  • National ID Cards in 2008?
  • CNET’s Web 2.0 Trends for 2008

“In addition to all of the great 2008 articles and commentary, the Future Scanner also links to other comprehensive prediction lists from a wide variety of sources,” adds MemeBox CEO Jeff Hilford, “Why would anyone go anywhere else for 2008 projections when you can find all the links you need right here on the Future Scanner?”

The following are just a few examples of the comprehensive 2008 Prediction Lists linked to on the Future Scanner:

  • 170 VCs Polled on 2008 Predictions, w/ Graphs
  • 107 Magazine Predictions for 2008
  • Gaming & Online Worlds Predictions for 2008
  • Civil Liberties Predictions for 2008
  • Valleywag’s 25 Predictions for 2008
  • Top 10 Real Estate Predictions for 2008
  • Innovation Predictions 2008
  • Online Advertising Predictions for 2008
  • Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008
  • Security-Menace Predictions for 2008

Heading into 2008, MemeBox plans to quickly add new features to the Future Scanner and to complement it with other powerful applications.

Jeff Hilford, CEO, summarizes, “From a broader perspective, our goal here at MemeBox is to create a rich, interactive playground that allows people to explore the future and see how accelerating technological change will increasingly affect their everyday lives.”

For more information, please contact Marisa at memebox@memebox.com.

FutureScanner.net: Nuclear Battery by 2012, Robot Wars in 2015

MemeBox Future Scanner Places the Future at Your Fingertips.

Cell phones with mini-projectors will hit the market in 2008. Russia is switching all school computers to Linux by 2009. GM plans to produce an electric car in 2010. A nuclear battery could be ready by 2012. Robot warriors will replace human soldiers on the battlefield in 2015. As technology transforms the world around us at an exponential pace, the need to simulate the future becomes more critical than ever. That’s where the Future Scanner comes in…

New York, NY—December 5, 2007 – MemeBox.com proudly announces the Public Beta release of its first application, the Future Scanner (futurescanner.net), a community-powered app that organizes info about the future by year and category. Dedicated to the cutting-edge stories shaping our tomorrow, the MemeBox Future Scanner is an essential part of every forward-thinking person’s toolkit.

“Everywhere you look these days, people are talking about the future,” points out MemeBox CEO, Jeff Hilford, “There is a growing body of fascinating and flat-out cool future-related content scattered across the internet. The Future Scanner aggregates this thought-provoking material and presents it in a visually appealing, easily searchable manner.”

Whether you’re out surfing for leading-edge content, or seriously researching trends, the Future Scanner is a great place to start. Where else can you easily find links like “Brain-Computer Interface for Second Life”, “Robotic Pied Piper Leads Roaches” and “Nanoscale Inkjet Printing”?

“Already, the Future Scanner is a tool that I look forward to using every day,” says Alvis Brigis, MemeBox President, “In addition to offering cool, stimulating links that are fun to read, it keeps me aware of what’s going on, providing me with a broader sense of context across a variety of fields. I’m confident that we’re well on our way to building a novel and comprehensive resource that people will enjoy and find very useful.”

MemeBox plans to quickly add new features to the Future Scanner and then to complement it with other powerful applications.

Jeff Hilford, CEO, says, “From a broader perspective, our goal here at MemeBox is to create a rich, interactive playground that allows people to explore the future and see how accelerating technological change will increasingly affect their everyday lives.”

For more information, please contact memebox@memebox.com.