What directional shifts will technology take in the next 10 years? A new report from the nonprofit research center Institute For the Future points to the mushrooming amount of data that comprises “the information economy” — but also emphasizes the growing importance of making sure private data stays private.
Just as there are political think tanks, there are also futurist ones — they offer wisdom about emerging trends to companies and other organizations who make long-term plans. And top futurist think tank Institute for the Future wants you to know about one trend that could change the very structure of reality.
io9 pal and Institute for the Future policy wonk David Pescovitz has been working with a bunch of other cool futurists — including space hacker Ariel Waldman — on a quick guide to the future of science. They've grouped the ideas together in clusters, suggesting different innovations and discoveries that will grow out…