Ian Pearson: “A Trip to the Future”

Ian Pearson

Dr. Ian Pearson, Futurologist, Futurizon (CH/UK) takes you on a trip to the future where people use all kinds of new input devices which, connected to the human nervous system, render and record sensations to create a hyper-realistic virtual overlay.

The next ten years will make it easier to use IT. Ongoing miniaturisation will yield digital jewellery, where the input interface will use tracking of free space finger movements, gestures, voice, and output will use high resolution 3D head-up displays and high quality audio. Eventually, „active contact lenses“ will arrive, and in the same time frame, „active skin“ will make it possible to interface to the human nervous system, recording and replaying sensations. This will all create a hyper-realistic virtual overlay, and the resultant duality of games and the Web with the real world, coupled with accurate positioning systems, will enable many new services. Opening the creation of services to the whole population via better software environments will liberate everyone’s creativity with improvements across every area of life. All of this will be highly environmentally sustainable compared to today’s IT, and we should encourage rapid development towards this world.

About Dr. Ian Pearson:

Ian Pearson graduated in 1981 in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Queens University, Belfast. After four years in Shorts Missile Systems, he joined BT Laboratories as a performance analyst, and later worked in network design, computer evolution, cybernetics, and mobile systems. From 1991 until 2007, he was BT’s Futurologist, tracking and predicting new developments throughout information technology, considering both technological and social implications. He now does exactly the same things for Futurizon, a startup futures institute. As a futurologist and consultant, he lectures widely on his futures views. In between conferences, he writes on topics such as machine consciousness, human evolution, women’s issues, ageing, social trends and advanced computing technology.
He has received many awards for his papers, written several books and has made well over 400 TV and radio appearances. He is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, the World Academy of Art and Science, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the World Innovation Foundation. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Westminster.


Keynote: Ian Pearson – “A Trip to the Future”