MIT's View on Emerging Technology
The recent Technology Review article, "10 Emerging Technologies 2007" gives a research university's view on Emerging Technology that I find extremely interesting. The topics they chose this year fire the imagination. It's not hard to visualize the impact on life in the future if or when some of these technologies find their way out of the lab.
This year, nanotechnology was especially prevalent, whether to heal the body, create an "invisibility cloak", or supercharge solar cells with cheaper "quantum-dots". Software also plays a large role in their list, with advances in Peer-to-Peer video, personalized medical diagnoses, and even taking a lesson from Sudoku to improve digital imaging. Their report on "augmented reality" showcases a Nokia smartphone prototype that could perhaps be a precursor to a Star Trek "tri-corder"-like mobile device. Fascinating stuff, indeed.