Notes on Predictions

1) Smartphone use will fuel the biggest innovation in first aid and urban emergency response. By a soon to be rolled, integration to the ambulance response system, first aiders using their smartphones will be able to respond at emergencies in their close proximity. Apart from the utilization of, usually dormant, life saving-skills there is a big potential for reducing response rate in half, a difference between life & death in cardiac arrest cases (were the service will be initially tested).

2) 30 Fab Labs are expected to spring throughout UK in 2015 while the first British makerspace inside a library is already up and running (in Devon). Libraries are a prime space to incorporate digital fabrication tools in the same spirit with open knowledge and public access. It might even be their only way of survival. I am expecting a makerspace in every neighborhood in the (very) near future.

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