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Fri December 24, 2010
By Rose Krzton-Presson
Murray, KY – The first decade of the new millennium is coming to a close and technological advances made in those first ten years could set the grounds for what will be developed in coming years. Futurist Ivan Potter calls these groundbreaking advances "disruptive technologies" and says that this isn't the first time a century was defined by its start.
"We are a new country and our experiment has still yet to be finalized. So what we have here in the early part of the 21st century is to determine how we use technology to help people or control people."
The disruptive technologies of last century included the telephone, motion pictures, and the automobile. Today, it's more along the lines of smart phones and the iPad. Potter says the trends in personal communication devices will have a greater impact on future technology than most people anticipate.