Saturday, 22 May 2010
The problem this solves is the temporal disconnect between buyers and sellers, which is more common for rarer, less traded items. For example, a seller may put something on ebay and have no response as the person that is interested in that item hasn't logged on recently to check.
Possibly the best mode for this would be an add-on to existing auction sites so that sellers are automatically informed of interested buyers when they start to submit an item to the site (but before they set it up as an auction).
Saturday, 15 May 2010
The reason for doing this would be to preserve historically important buildings that may be at risk from flooding, volcanos, or other natural disasters.
This depressing prediction is the result of extrapolating existing trends: games are getting more addictive; people are dying at their screens playing MMORPGs (or leaving their children to die. But future prediction that relies on extrapolation is rarely accurate.
So what will happen instead? I suspect that we will develop virtual reality that is optimised to refresh us and then eject us back out into the real world. It won't leave you wanting more, but will inspire you to tackle real-world challenges. It'll still be fun, but it will sell better than addictive games because it will actually make your life better. Has the development of this kind of virtual reality started?