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Technology predictions for 2012

Amazon's first website, circa 1994. 2012 should be a great year for the Seattle-based company.
Amazon's first website, circa 1994. 2012 should be a great year for the Seattle-based company.

2012 will be a big year for TV, voice recognition and

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson has issued his list of top 10 technology predictions for 2012.  He shares some of the highlights on The Digital Future with KPLU's Dave Meyer. 

Integrating everything

A lot of interesting technologies have been developed in recent years, and 2012 will see many of these technologies working better together. TV is a prime example.

TV becomes the new center of gravity in the tech universe 

TV may be "old media", but the ubiquitous widescreen flat panel is becoming the electronic hub of the home, with various devices finding their niches in the TV galaxy. Examples: controlling your TV with smartphones, tablets and Microsoft's Kinect.

Open the pod bay door, HAL

This will be the year that voice recognition applications go mainstream. Apple'sSiriapp for iPhones leads the way. The time has finally come for computers and humans to talk to each other.

Amazon gets it all

CEO Jeff Bezos has been making huge investments in the company's future, developing e-readers, online streaming, grocery deliveries, etc. These investments should pay off well in 2012.

You can find Mark's complete list of predictions for 2012 at his blog, A Bright Fire.

The Digital Future” is a monthly interview with technology expert Mark Anderson covering the online world and all things digital. The feature is published here on the last Tuesday of every month and airs on KPLU 88.5 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KNKX news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology.
Mark Anderson is the CEO of the Strategic News Service® (SNS), SNS was the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet, and is read by Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Hurd, and industry leaders and investors in computing and communications worldwide. Mark is the founding chair of the Future in Review® (FiRe) Conference, which the Economist has labeled “the best technology conference in the world,” as well as of SNS Project Inkwell, the first global consortium to address technology design changes for one-to-one computing in classrooms. He is the founder of two software companies, a hedge fund, and the Washington Technology Industry Association “Fast Pitch” investment forum, Washington’s premier technology investment conference.