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Erwin van Lun predict the long term future and blogs about developments today gradually shaping that future. Also in Dutch

YouTube videos in Google Earth

Videos of video sharing site YouTube now also can be placed on location in Google Earth. At Maui for example videos can be seen about surfing, snorkeling, and tropical fish, while at the Mont Blanc you see ski videos from the Alps (dc, Dutch). Thus the virtual world comes slowly into being. This way we can always relive an event, taken place at a certain moment in time. We can see it a year later. Fifteen years later. One thousand and five hundred years later. The massive registration of the world makes future reliving possible. Even branded experiences. This development is part of this.

The end of democracy

Winston Churchill has said (among others at bq):

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.

And slowly the end of democracy comes closer, to make place for new forms of government in which civilians are the boss…

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TV screen making everything look real

The new Philips TV, the Philips Aurea, makes watching TV in the living room even more impressive. This is the result of the frame of the TV now lighting up too, adapted to the video being watched at that moment. Since the introduction of the TV with the very small, almost round black-and-white tubes, we have constantly been introducing innovations to make the experience more and more intense. To make it look like we are part of the scenery. The developments just keep rolling. The screens will get much bigger, the image will be 3D, the sound will come exactly from the place it is supposed to come from, and - even more important - the screens will react to us. Even at home, in the living room. For now however, this TV is awesome.

Heyspread: your video all over the web in one click

Through HeySpread consumers can now upload their videos, and have them distributed over all big video sites in one click (thanks steven). Ever since people started using services from other people, since they started consuming, everything has been about convenience, about delegating to others the things they can do faster, better, or cheaper. In 2007 this means: everything you can buy brought together on one website: all cars, all jobs, or all holidays. And if you want to offer something yourself, then you do it all over the web. That is convenience in 2007. This brand anticipates that. This development illustrates the development of home entertainment coaching brands: brands which always and anywhere give us access to all content that has ever been made.

NuGuRu shows it

At the website of B2B brand NuGuRu Dutch TV personality Francois Boulanger shows everything in video. The whole website is built up in video, and many elements are clickable. Francois welcomes you the first time, but when you return he doesn’t even appear any more so that you can explore the site yourself (dc, Dutch). Brands more and more communicate through images. Not just because we now have techniques that make it possible, but because after all, people think in images. During thousands of years text has been a great help in transferring knowledge, but as we can communicate in images again, we will massively do that. NuGuRu very well shows how this is possible in 2007. Now through video characters, in the future through animated characters we can interact with, and we won’t see the difference any more.

HolidayCheck shows the trend

Online travel agency HolidayCheck shows the trend in changes in appreciation of accommodation. This way, a place which has always been valued highly but which is slowly deteriorating, can see its appreciation go down. The amount of reviews is still limited, but that is a matter of time. Due to these kinds of analysis travel coaching brands get more value (Holiday Check has the potential to grow into being such a brand), and transaction brands, providers of (local) services and products, will be more and more pressured to deliver top products and services. This real-time trend analysis contributes to that.

Connected photo frame

Through the Samsung SPF-72V we now also are wirelessly connected to our photo frame, so that the pictures we just took are also directly available in our living room (nl). So this is another connected screen. Now just for pictures. In the future this frame will also react to our commands. We will be able to switch on the lights, sound, or TV through it. Then every photo frame will also be a remote control for everything in our house (and beyond). For all brands serving us. And if we then want to see a cool picture much bigger on our TV screen, we only have to point at it, and we just drag it to the TV. With one snap of the finger. It is that simple. At least, it will be.

Follow reports through the internet

It was possible to report crimes through the internet already, but now it is also possible to follow the process until it goes to court. The Dutch politiekorps Noord-Holland Noord is the first to make this possible (ld, Dutch). Thus companies, government organizations and other organizations operate more and more transparent. The brand memory, which contains the history of the communication between brand (in this case a government organization) and brand members (civilians in this case), slowly but surely becomes completely accessible. Now only certain elements are shown. In the future all processes paid for by civilians, everything the government does, become accessible real-time. The only exceptions will be made for situations in which there is a direct risk for the people involved, the safety in the street, or the welfare of people. Civilians will always have the last say about this however. They after all pay for it.

Toyota in World of Warcraft

Toyota‘s pickup truck Tacoma has a role in the popular World of Warcraft game, in which the truck interacts with all kinds of characters, among which a dragon (ab). This way brands enter the worlds of consumers in a way in which it adds value. At the moment the brand doesn’t add value in the game, or worse, appears unwanted, it won’t be used. Now a truck in a fantasy game is still surprising and therefore fun, in the future brands will try to find more natural surroundings in games.

Killing robots

Protection device supplier Taser International (which also supplies to consumers) considers equipping robots with weapons. The American army already has been using PackBot, made by iRobot, equipped with deadly weapons. A couple of hundreds of these robots are currently active in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Taser plan takes this a step further however. In their plan, the police can use robots against civilians. Thus robots could give electronic shocks to criminals until the police arrives (via ns). The question now is, what happens if the robots make mistakes through which people are accidentally wounded or even killed.

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Interactive screen

In this video you can see an example of applications of an Eyeclick interactive screen, reacting to our fingers (fc, Dutch). Brands too build worlds which we navigate through with our fingers. And then they combine it with voice navigation. Brands then at the same time react to what we say. And then to what we look at, and what emotions we show in our faces. In a couple of years this will be normal. Eyeclick anticipates this development with its name.

Wehkamp has consumers film its catalogue

Mail order company Wehkamp calls consumers to place a film on video sharing site YouTube, in which the new catalogue has the leading part. The first prize in this contest is 20,000 euros. A model film in Tell Sell style can already be seen (rb, Dutch). Brands more and more use video in their marketing mix. In a structural way and, like here, in campaigns. So that in the future we will have one thousand video recipes for every can of peas, five hundred different videos for certain yoga exercises, or three hundred applications for a certain plug. After all, a picture says more than a thousand words.

New passport at the place you choose

In the Netherlands it will soon be possible to apply for a (new) passport in any city you want. This is the result of the changing from local travel documents administrations to a national administration, aimed at fighting identity fraud (nu, Dutch). Now on a national scale, later European, and in the end worldwide. Then we are born, get a number assigned to the country of birth and nationality, and which directly includes our DNA material. Related news in 2015: ‘European civilian service numbers will start in 2019’. News in 2040: ‘United Nations aims for introduction of global account numbers in 2050’. If we want to make the world a safer place, we need to be able to make somebody accountable for his behavior, and thus be able to find him or her. And that on a worldwide scale.

Self-learning, listening mobile phones

Vlingo Mobile makes it possible to have mobile phones listen intelligently. Instead of building the intelligence into the phone, the spoken sentence is sent to a central point, and analyzed there. The advantage of this is that potentially millions of sentences come together at the central point, through which the system can learn quickly and therefore highly exceed the quality of current voice recognition systems (at). After having experimented with our phones for a while, we will now start to just talk with it again. Just like in the old days. Only now it is computerized, and where possible supported by images. This development contributes to that. And brands by the way will do the same thing. When we ask the question: ‘are there any fun last-minutes for me?’, we will get an immediate answer. In word. And in image.

India outsources too

India is the country to which most work is outsourced worldwide, but the country is developing rapidly, which makes the wages rise. Therefore, some Indian companies have started to outsource activities too, not only to Eastern Europe and South-America, but also to ‘poorer’ parts of the United States (tc, Dutch). And thus the biggest ‘developing countries’ of the world, China and India, develop to be the biggest economies in the world. They will determine what the world looks like in about twenty years. In their slipstream Asia and Africa will also be able to develop into wealthy powers. So that in the end we will get a much more equal world society. But it will be 2050 by then..

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