Defining technology signals

by gwoodill on May 16, 2012

Technology signals are those indicators of what is emerging and what is likely in the near future in the development of technology. As author William Gibson once remarked, “The future has already happened; it’s just not very evenly distributed.” That is, all technologies have a “developmental curve,” but for most people it is hidden at the early stages of the evolution of a technology. At i5 Research we go looking for those hidden early developments in order to produce forecasts of what is coming next in public consciousness.
Here are some official definitions of technology and signals:
tech·nol·o·gy/tekˈnäləjē/                               .
Noun
    1. The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry.Eg: “computer technology”, “recycling technologies”.
    2. Machinery and equipment developed from such scientific knowledge.
Synonyms
technics – engineering – technique
sig·nal/ˈsignəl/
Noun
  • A gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions, typically by prearrangement between the parties concerned.
Verb
  • Transmit information or instructions by means of a gesture, action, or sound.
Adjective
  • Striking in extent, seriousness, or importance; outstanding.Eg: “he attacked the administration for its signal failure of leadership”.
Synonyms
noun
sign – token – mark
verb
signalize – sign – message
adjective
remarkable – notable

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