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We're All Futurists Now

My own futurism, conducted since the 2001 dot-bomb left my e-commerce beat in rubble, has convinced me that market need matters more than technical capability.

In 2003 I was talking up what's now the Internet of Things, sensors and motes placed in gardens, on houses, on our yogurt and in our bodies that would give us more fine-grained control over our daily lives and health. We've seen some stuff, but most of this remains in the future.

Since 2007 I've focused more on renewable energy, a revolution in how we might power our world, and I find that as 2013 dawns we're approaching both energy abundance and cost equality between solar and oil-based energy. That's a singularity the market can get behind.

Nothing against Kurzweil or IBM, but the future happens when what we can do meets what the market needs. If you're investing in technology stocks, you have as much a handle on the near-term future as any deep thinker.

We're all futurists now.

At the time of publication the author had positions in IBM, GOOG and MSFT.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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