The future of innovation: Introducing a series on how technology will change over the next decade.

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March 15 2011 6:36 PM

The Gadgets of Your Dreams

Introducing a series on how technology will change over the next decade.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker. Click image to expand.

One of the reasons I love writing about technology is that everything changes in a flash. One year we're waiting for some super-secret tablet from Apple. By the next year, 15 million have been sold, every other tech company is making something similar, and we're all wondering whether the age of the PC has come and gone. Five years ago, few people had even heard of Facebook; now everyone agrees it's taking over the Web.

As tech users, we've all seen massive changes over short periods of time. For the next few weeks, I'll be writing a series of articles on the next wave of transformations—the trends that will affect our lives over the next five or 10 years. I'm going to look beyond this year's phones, tablets, and Web sites to ask—and try to answer—deep questions about tomorrow's tech. What will mobile computers look like in 2016? What's the coolest gadget you'll have in your house? Will we finally get home entertainment systems that don't require an advanced degree to operate? What frustrating tech problems will still have gone unsolved?

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This will be an interactive series: I want you to come along with me—revealing your wish lists, sharing your opinions, challenging my assertions—as I peek into the future. Let's start here: As you look forward to the next decade in tech, what are you most excited about? And what's the most annoying tech problem you're hoping will get solved? Let me know in the comments below, and we'll get to your thoughts over the next few weeks.

Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

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