Welcome to Tomorrow's World

  • Darren Waters
  • 4 Jan 07, 12:29 PM

This blog aims to bring the latest news and colour from the Consumer Electronics Show 2007, the world's largest technology conference.

BBC News journalists will be blogging about ground-breaking products, discussing emerging themes and encouraging your involvement.

Your guides to the event in Las Vegas include:

BBC News Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones
BBC News website Technology editor Darren Waters
Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason
BBC Click reporter Chris Long
BBC Radio 1's Technology reporter Iain Mackenzie

The blog is designed to be complementary to the BBC News website's Technology section - which will still be the main source for bigger news stories and more considered features and analysis. Where appropriate we will be linking to articles on the BBC News website and taking into account the wider debate about CES in the blogosphere.

There will also be news and features across BBC TV news bulletins, News 24, BBC World, Radio 1 and of course on Click.

The BBC wants to be open and accountable, and so this site is a public space where you can engage with us as much as the medium allows. We want your views on any of our blogging posts and to hear about the questions you have about new technologies.

If you are attending CES there is a Flickr group that has been set up for your photographs. We will also be posting our photos to the group.

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  • 1.
  • At 09:28 AM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • Geoff P wrote:

i would like to enter the family technology compitition . Iam married with two kids one 15 & one 9 years

  • 2.
  • At 01:26 PM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • Mrs Fiona Murphy wrote:

Dear Sirs,
After watching a very interesting article on 'Tomorrows Technology'on this mornings news, my family would be very keen to take part in this survey/competition. Can you please advise me of how to apply for this very exciting trial.
Many thanks
Fiona Murphy

  • 3.
  • At 03:20 PM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • rob wrote:

with regards to the feature on this mornings breakfast news
i have broadband and two kids and a wife who spend more time on the pc than i do play24/7 msn etc
i like to think im am aware of the big hi tech world around me having just got my hd ready tv

but the kids of today and the gadgets make it hard to keep up but i try

i am being pestered for wireless broadband and web cams

perhaps we could be your guinea pigs for the feature

cheers rob amanda charlotte and josh

  • 4.
  • At 04:54 PM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • Darren Spiers wrote:

after watching this mornings news and the article about tommorows world and they would like people to get intouch and maybe test the lastest technology out and share views etc. I would like to be considered if possable. We have a PSP, Nintendo D S, Dell Pc, Broadband but dont have the funds to go Digital or Wireless. Hope to hear from you in the near future, Thankyou very much! Mr. Spiers

  • 5.
  • At 09:08 PM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • Gavin Dowd wrote:

I am an IT Systems Admin and a bonafide gadget lover.

My wife told me this was on the news this morning.

I would love a chance to "have a play" with all the latest and greatest gadgets so would like to be considered.

Many thanks


  • 6.
  • At 12:10 AM on 09 Jan 2007,
  • Effie Marinos wrote:

Watched the news feature this morning with great interest.
We would be very interested in taking part in the Tomorrow World's survey/competition. We are a mixed bag as far as technology awareness, adoption and ability so could make good guinea pigs. Please let me know what we have to do to enter - I can't find any other metnion of this on the site.

  • 7.
  • At 04:39 PM on 09 Jan 2007,
  • paul duncan wrote:

Would love to take part in the Tomorrow World's technology of the future. We have an old house in Edinburgh and learn most gadget functions through our 16 month old. We have found that Sterios and remote controls are not baby proof. Wireless gadgets would probably help, but would they withstand baby impact?

  • 8.
  • At 08:04 AM on 10 Jan 2007,
  • Chris Grayshon-Pedley wrote:

I too, saw the news feature and am very interested in the project.
We, my partner (partially disabled) and her son (13) would be very interested in taking part in the Tomorrow World's survey/competition. We have mixed levels of technology awareness. We use Broadband, wireless, Ipod, online gaming and I run an online vehicle owners club ( - as such I'm sure we would make good test subjects. Please let me know how to do to enter - I can't find anything on the site.

  • 9.
  • At 12:49 PM on 10 Jan 2007,
  • Antony Hutton wrote:

We "own"! 2 Children (aged 7 girl and 9yr old boy)We have Broadband.MP3 and MP4 players(£33 quid off the Net)shop on line, bank online and download lots of things from the net.DVD recorder collecting dust!

What we are sick to death of is cables and plugs/adaptors that do not recognise/speak to each other around the house!

We have 3 laptops and find it very difficult to rig up wireless networks that will allow the one printer to serve all because it's far to complicated for the likes of us!

We would like to watch our movies on the big TV and review our mobile phone pics thier too.

User friendly, fully intergrated and wireless free, then you are talking.If you need to have a rapidly balding and frustrated family to take part in any program send an e-mail ASAP as we need help,fast!


  • 10.
  • At 06:13 PM on 07 Mar 2007,
  • Andy wrote:

This comment is not related to the article, but to your entire blog.

When I first heard that the BBC was bringing back Tomorrow's World, I thought, "Great!". When I heard it was just the brand image for use in news packages, I was less impressed. This blog does not impress me much - because it's just another technology blog.

There are many blogs that chart technology trends - and arguably better than yours does.

Science is much more important, much more interesting - much less well covered than consumer technology.

If I asked you the question, "how will Science change over the course of our lifetimes?", how would you answer?

When you come to realise the magnitude of the revolution in the Scientific Method, you'll also realise that, relatively speaking, technology is boring and irrelevant.

The synthesis of hypothesis in the Scientific Method will change everything. Information growth on Earth already far exceeds that of any organic material - it is growing exponentially and will continue to do so. Wow!

The BBC ought to be inspiring the next generation of Scientists - not trying to sell them the latest gadgets and mobile phones!

At the very least, please be a bit more visionary in your coverage of Science - and don't be afraid to be so.


Item 1: After a recent Discovery magazine item about how Amazon aboriginals used charcoal to retain soil nutrients, I examined a plethora of different activities via Google to do with CO2 use.

The conclusion I drew there is that these various avenues are all operating in a fragmented way, unaware of one-another. In essence though, we should be using CO2 rather than trying to dispose of it.

This seems to be an example of E.O. Wilson's Consillience concept.

Item 2: Seeing coal-producing countries determination to get their energy via coal, I suspect a synergy waiting to be exploited.

Why can't coal be converted to carbon and sold for agricultural soil conditioning? This would reduce crop inputs of artificial fertilizers by lengthening fertilizer lifespan in the soil.

Nations needing energy to develop could use their coal - carbon proceeds for purchase of wind, solar and bio-fuel technologies.

  • 12.
  • At 06:00 PM on 08 Mar 2007,
  • nowtytuka wrote:

i have played online games for approx ten years now, and it was around that time that onDigital was supplying a set-top box for off the aerial reception of tv images.
i agree with the suggestion that we may kill one another but little else happens.
as to online cyber-space which one may retail inside of in real-time, as a development that is occuring.
as the new development in brain operated mouse and keyboard is around the corner now, whatever next you may wonder, or is it like Dr.Leary suggests we may even visit one another in 3D next, in a cyberspace reality?

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