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The Future is Now


Presentation on May 6 2010 to a workshop imagining Houston in the year 2040 held by the Center for Houston's Future.

Presentation on May 6 2010 to a workshop imagining Houston in the year 2040 held by the Center for Houston's Future.

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  • Three most transformative technologies are the lightbulb, the automobile and the internet


  • 1. The Future is Now Marc Nathan Houston 2040
  • 2. Technology is simply an extension of human ability
  • 3. Technology Changes Behavior
  • 4. Railroads Telegraph Mainfram es IBM Highways Fiber Optics Desktops Microsoft FedEx Wireless Mobiles Google “The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.” William Gibson 1948-
  • 5. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008
  • 6. Printing Sunchon National University and Rice University Carbon Nanotube Printable RFID Wake Forest University Printable Living Skin Tissue
  • 7. Fabbing McGill University Rapid Prototyping with Ice Enrico Dini d-shape 3D stone buildings
  • 8. Growing University of Massachusetts & MIT Human Ear Grown on Mouse Tissue Culture and Art Australia In Vitro Meat
  • 9. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay 1940-
  • 10. N3DBiosciences Glioblastoma cells cultured in 3D Ad Astra Rocket Company VASIMR Plasma Rocket BetaBatt Tritium-fueled long life battery Applied Optoelectronics Incorporated (AOI) Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
  • 11. Texas A & M ‘cc’ First Cloned Cat
  • 12. Entrepreneurs Drive Houston
  • 13. Compaq Portable March 1983 MSRP $3,590 Specs: 128 kibibytes Memory (expandable to 640) two 5.25" floppy disks 9" green screen 28 lbs.
  • 14. RecycleMatch Commercial Waste to Value Werkadoo Corporate Contract Matching to Freelancers Energy People Connect Social Network for the Energy Industry YouData Personalized Online Advertising Platform
  • 15. A leader is a dealer in hope.  Napoleon Bonaparte – 1769 -1821 Marc Nathan