Sunday, May 4, 2008

By 2013...

Plans, forecasts and predictions for the next five years from assorted sources:

Galileo, Europe's version of the U.S. Global Positioning System, will be up and running. (BBC)

Advertising on mobile devices will increase from $1.3 billion to $7.6 billion. (International Herald Tribune and RCR Wireless News, citing Juniper Research)

A sprawling solar energy farm in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., will generate 550 megawatts of power, supplying 190,000 homes. (All Headline News and VentureBeat, based on information from OptiSolar, an independent power producer based in Hayward, Calif.)

Large employers will spend $208 million on building internal online social networks for their staff, almost 3.5 times current levels. Spending on external social networking for online customer relations, will jump more than 15 times to $1.7 billion. (Network World, citing market analysis by Forrester)

Scientists will make progress on treatments for potentially life-threatening peanut allergies. (NHS Choices, debunking a headline to this effect in the Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph story hyped the conclusions of a recent medical journal article in The Lancent.)

(Image: GNSS Supervisory Authority, or GSA)

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