io9 pal and Institute for the Future policy wonk David Pescovitz has been working with a bunch of other cool futurists — including space hacker Ariel Waldman — on a quick guide to the future of science. They've grouped the ideas together in clusters, suggesting different innovations and discoveries that will grow out of new fields of inquiry. Pescovitz writes on BoingBoing:
The map focuses on six big stories of science that will play out over the next decade: Decrypting the Brain, Hacking Space, Massively Multiplayer Data, Sea the Future, Strange Matter, and Engineered Evolution. Those stories are emerging from a new ecology of science shifting toward openness, collaboration, reuse, and increased citizen engagement in scientific research. We are delighted to share the map with you, under a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution.
I'm not sure these changes will come during the next 10 years, but I would believe 100. And they certainly would be great ingredients for a hard science fiction novel set in the near future.