Recollections of Slide Decks Past

Yesterday, while in the middle of delivering a webinar for the excellent folks over at RespectAbility, I suddenly had flashbacks of presentations from years ago.  More specifically, while whipping through samples of environmental scanning and emerging issues, my mind flashed on similar slides from the late 1990s and early 2000s.  While slide decks today prominently feature things like “automation,” “artificial intelligence,” and “blockchains,” those decks from years past featured some things that are completely passe today because they eventually became mainstream while other things are interesting for either fizzling out or not yet making it big (and no, we’re not looking at you, fusion energy).

Examples include:

  • social media
  • rapid prototyping
  • ubiquitous internet access
  • ubicomp
  • affective computing
  • renewable energy
  • nanotechnology
  • the Millennial generation
  • aging of the Baby Boomers
  • climate change

It’s both a fun stroll down memory lane and just a tad bit depressing for some odd reason.


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