The Atlantic Discovers EPIC 2014 [5:35 pm]
As a piece of pop futurism, EPIC 2014 is both brilliant and brilliantly self-subverting (at once inevitable and preposterous). But whatâ€™s remarkable is how many of its ten-years-out predictions have already come trueâ€”if not materially, then de facto: the mass migration of everything to the Web, the explosion of blogging, the near-instant embrace of social media (see YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia), the growing sophistication of Googleâ€™s AdWords and AdSense (the latter soon to be extended to user-customized RSS file format and other feeds), the TiVo-ization of television, and on and on. Instead of buying Amazon, Google bought YouTube, an Evolving Personalized Information Construct that didnâ€™t exist in 2004â€”GoogleTube instead of Googlezon. Thus does two-year-old futurism already seem hopelessly recherchÃ©.