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The Big Answer

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Lifestyles Of The Next Millenium

an article in The Futurist by Marian Salzman and Ira Matathia

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Two trend analysts examine the likely developments in our future in this 2005 article. Co-parenting initiatives will become more common as working moms and dads turn for assistance to childless friends and relatives, gay people, retirees, etc. The Internet will offer more and more amounts of parenting and childcare advice and resources (e.g., Authoritative and Democratic Parenting Programs and the entire The Big Answer website). Parents will increasingly use video cameras to watch over kids from remote locations, to make sure nannies and babysitters act right. Parents will increasingly pay the price for their kids’ illegal actions in cold hard cash; look for insurance companies to cover such things—for a fee.

Security cameras watch you everywhere—apparently not only Santa is checking whether you're naughty or nice
Security cameras watch you everywhere—apparently not only Santa is checking whether you're naughty or nice—this will apply to nannies and babysitters since parents will wish to make sure nannies and babysitters act right

The authors predict that Virtual community groups, called computer-generated friendship circles by the authors, will blossom. Marketers will increasingly target the special-interest groups so formed with their wares. (Facebook only existed as a small site targeted at universities and high schools, in 2005 when Lifestyles Of The Next Millenium was published in The Futurist.

A compatibility badge
A compatibility badge

It is 2014. The predicted computer-generated friendship circles exist and marketers are increasingly targeting these and much else on Facebook. Total number of monthly active Facebook users is 1.3 billion.) The authors predict that even electronic compatibility badges (a poor man’s PSB) will flourish. This prediction failed. They'd said that at social gatherings, people will have green lights on their badges light up when they’re around people who they’re compatible with; red lights will glow if they approach noncompatibles. Obviously, people will have to take the time to fill out answers to questionnaires before the badges can be tuned to each person’s answers. This is a good way to monitor what others are like as you consider approaching them socially. Or so the authors thought, but it did not happen.

But in 2014 interference effects in pacemakers or implantable defibrillators caused by nearby electronic devices is what Electromagnetic Compatibility is about. People aren't using badges for compatibility checking. For compatibility checking they're using dating services like, or—more simply—posting on Facebook and friending and finding out how they like these so-called friends.


(Computer-matched compatibility for friend selection for MC formation is a much more serious, thorough and effective way to improve one’s social network. And PSB use in an MC is a more comprehensive way to monitor the compatibility status of friends in real time than any other method, especially monoliths like Facebook or Twitter. See Why Register for an MC?.)

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