Here at El Paso Community College, the Fashion Technology program subscribes to the World Future Society Newsletter and The Futurist magazine. The newsletter and magazine help to keep us up-to-date on trends in all areas of society. Because fashion designers and merchandisers need to understand the world of tomorrow, WFS is a great place to start.
The top ten trends of 2011 have been published and they are all very interesting. If you would like to read all of them, click the links in this post and you can find links to the remainder of the list at WFS. In the meantime, read Number 10.
10. We may not be able to move mountains with our minds, but robots will await our mental commands. Brain-based control of conventional keyboards, allowing individuals to type without physically touching the keys, has been demonstrated at the universities of Wisconsin and Michigan. In the near future, brain e-mailing and tweeting will become far more common, say experts. A group of undergraduates at Northeastern University demonstrated in June that they could steer a robot via thought.
It is amazing to watch the future unfold and to take an active and valued part in that future. Since we all need to be on top of that “unfolding”, we recommend the WFS newsletter. We do archive the magazine from WFS, The Futurist, and it is available at the Transmountain campus, fashion laboratory. Just ask to see a copy or look on the magazine racks.
Oh, and check out forecast number 3 to see how the internet will continue to change in the near future. We talked about the changes to search engines and how the bots “crawl the web” these days, reading web content not just the meta tags. We will need to stay up-to-date on all these future changes in order to make the most of our businesses and brand names.
3. Search engines will soon include spoken results, not just text. Television broadcasts and other recordings could be compiled and converted using programs developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis.
- A futurist’s view of the “next big thing” in social media ” emergent by design (emergentbydesign.com)
- Style Defined: What Every Fashion Editor Knows (urbanbellemag.com)