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The elusive technological future


11:40 - 12:40 on Thursday, 8 September 2011 in A1

0303 The elusive technological future John Naughton, Sugata Mitra
0303 The elusive technological future John Naughton, Sugata Mitra

Many of the most important technological developments in computing and networking have come as surprises – pleasant and/or unpleasant – to professional communities and commercial organisations, including those which are supposed to know what the future holds. How does this happen? Why are we so bad at anticipating the technological future? And what would we need to do to improve?