While at tradeshows I tend to always run into or hear from employees and analysts that fancy themselves “Technology Futurists.” I know even RIM has at least one and Adobe, Microsoft, & others have many. These peoples job is to divine the future of technology before everybody else. Kind of sounds like predicting your fortune through astrology right?
I just pointed this out to a friend yesterday and he mentioned a article in the Telegraph which pointed out that Nikola Tesla predicted the BlackBerry way back in 1909. In an article for Popular Mechanics he wrote that one day it would be possible to transmit messages around the world from your pocket. Gizmodo also managed to get a picture of a similar article by Nikola Tesla in the New York Times around the same time.
So could these technology futurists be on to something or is it just Mr. Tesla? I am curious to hear what you think. Is a technology futurist just a fancy title for someone who makes wild predictions and hopes at least one sticks or is it a valid profession that provides valuable insight into the future?