Forecast is defined as: the process of estimation in unknown situations. Many aspects of our daily lives need to be forecast, from how much milk is left in the fridge to how will this decision impact my financial future? Most of the forecasts are shallow and are not for very distant into the future. These posts are an attempt to look a bit further at the possibilities and see how they may be played out, what would need to happen and how socially and technologically it could be done.
Sometimes crazy ideas lead of a day of design challenges. We took our internal availability levels and visualised them as if it were a weather report.
Spimes: A Happy Birthday Story
Over a year ago, Mike Stenhouse and I wrote and pitched a small piece of design fiction around Spimes. We anchored the discussion around one man’s birthday. In the year since, we’ve flushed out the story a bit more, but it is also amazing how many of these gadgets now exist.
If we look back at the last 2,000 years of history, we can see some over-arching trends, themes through-out and a look at what is old is new again. This is a re-print of a translated article from Issue 148 of Bit magazine in Portugal from January, 2011.
Big Mac Index
As economists struggle to settle on the “right” worth of different currencies, there are some real-world objects with comparable prices across the globe. One such product is the iconic McDonalds’ Big Mac hamburger. Sold in many countries world-wide, it is a quick metric to determine if a local currency is over or under valued.
As far as prediction markets go, you wouldn’t expect to find one in a video game console, but that’s exactly what Nintendo did in the Wii with the Everybody Votes Channel.