Currently Reading: January 16, 2014

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I am running a little behind in posting this but I ran across this article in The Futurist entitled: The Best Predictions of 2013 and wanted to share some of them.

(1) “Allergies will worsen over the next three decades.” The bottom line excerpt:

“About 50 million Americans currently suffer from seasonal allergies. That number is going to increase over the next few decades.” Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Live Science

(2) “U.S. crude oil imports will fall 32% by 2020.” The bottom line:

“For now, at least, it’s clear that fossil-fuel extraction everywhere will keep increasing. The whole world risks sinking into a deeper ecological hole and suffering even bigger shocks once fuel supplies tap out. The markets for fossil fuels are just going to keep getting bigger, but the supplies of those fossil fuels are not. The world needs to step up development of clean alternatives sooner and not later.” Source: Wood Mackenzie, global energy and metals industry consultants, quoted in Forbes, August 25, 2013.

(3) “More than 6 million years’ worth of video will be available to watch online by 2016.” An excerpt:

“The pressure is on all communicators to get attention and get to the point. Commercials on television are already getting shorter—even a 30-second ad seems long-winded to many viewers. Beware the ever-shrinking attention span of the general public.” Source: Fox Business

This article contains over thirty-two predictions with far more information than I could truly grasp. If you have any interest in the future and innovation, I highly encourage you to read this article.

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