Thursday, December 17, 2015

2016 Big Metaphors

2016 Big Metaphors

What might we see
in the background
with the big stories
as foreground
in this
the dawning new year..

Social media connecting us all
viral and instantaneous
a quantum heading..

Virtual Reality teaches 
how reality is sourced 
in consciousness..
like dreaming and waking..

The Cloud is consciousness
with discovery that the smart home
is made of the Cloud..

Autonomous driving
soothing for congestion and stress
Autonomy names Awareness
and driving derives..!

Cars polarity powered
cleaning the choking
plugging in and wiping clean..

A day of reckoning of greed
recognizing the separate self
egos are fading..

Smartphones a temporary 
interconnection finds this
way station en-route to
our Real Self..

A new billion
entering the conversation
waking to commonality
of our shared Self..

Artificial intelligence
tools of the mind
rising within and as
I am...

2016 Big Stories
Letter From the Editor: These Will Be 2016’s Biggest Stories in the WIRED World

Social media decides who becomes president

Politics is all about message control, but Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, et al. have rewritten the messaging playbook. Today a random viral post can affect a candidate’s chances as much as a seasoned political operative can.

Consumer-grade VR (finally!) arrives

Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and the HTC Vive will be fighting it out in Q1, with PlayStation VR following later in 2016. Touted for years, these devices are finally getting real, and they’re going to reshape entertainment—from game design to movies—with 2016 being a “let’s see what sticks” time of experimentation.

The cloud-connected smart home takes shape

More products from Google’s Nest group and Apple HomeKit are rolling out, and voice control (Apple TV with Siri, Google Now, Amazon’s Alexa, Cortana in Windows 10) is starting to work. In fact, the smart home is real enough already that attention is shifting to security. Breaches of the Internet of Things became a big problem in 2015 and will only get worse.

Autonomous driving gets serious

Cars (most notably from Tesla) can already handle routine driving and maintain a safe speed. We won’t be handing over the steering wheel this year, but we will begin the prep work: talking about regulations, figuring out the best ways to apply the technology, and testing how humans interact with these vehicles.

Electric cars break out

In the next year, Chevy will roll out the 200-mile, $30,000 Bolt. Tesla will show the Model 3, expected in 2017. Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Lamborghini are likely to tout plug-in hybrids.

The unicorn era draws to a close

All signs point to a day—or a year—of reckoning for tech “startups” valued at over $1 billion. Investors will soon
expect to see real returns, and public markets may begin to lose patience.

Designers move beyond mobile

We consume more content and do more things on our smartphones than ever before. So why does Google’s VP of design, Matias Duarte, say mobile is dead? Because he recognizes that if today’s designers want to be user-focused, they can’t concentrate on just the mobile experience—or the desktop/car console/tablet/smartwatch experience. They need to think about how people move across all their devices through space and time.

Designers aim at the next billion

The growth of connectivity in the emerging world poses some unique challenges to designers, who will be tasked with shaping user experiences not just for different devices but for different cultures, customs, and traditions. In 2016, WIRED will highlight the people and organizations designing with the next billion Internet users in mind.

Artificial intelligence comes to the everyday

The days when AI was an arcane field of theoretical research are far behind us. Google uses AI to recognize photos, compose email replies, and refine search results. At Facebook it predicts what we’ll find most interesting in our feeds. In 2016, with Google’s TensorFlow now open-sourced, we’ll be looking to see what upstarts can do with these powerful tools.

Not to mention ...

Climate and the changing planet; cyberwarfare and terrorism; exploration of this planet and the rest of the universe, with perhaps a dollop of humans versus robots; health and medicine, in terms of new efforts to understand and cure disease as well as emerging diseases that are becoming more of a threat; and metanarratives on the practice of science itself, which is in flux—how journalism and grants work, replicability, and racism and sexism in the lab.

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