Children As Conceptual Scientists
The Latitude research organization believes children can contribute to scientific advancement through their unbounded imagination. The Children's Future Requests For Computers and the Internet asked children to draw what they wished computers could do in the future. Some of the predictions, such as Google image search, would come true on the day the study was announced. Many others are on their way. Even without the general knowledge of what scientists are working on, the surveyed children show remarkable (and adorable) foresight.

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Google Image Search (Before It Was Announced)
Google inadvertently granted this 12-year-old girl's wish of being able to search, not by text, but by drawing--and get image results with that particular shape or pattern, yesterday.
Robots Are Friends
The mother of this 7-year-old boy from Columbia says "My son wishes the computer was a robot he could take everywhere with him--to play chess with him or soccer outside... in other words, he wants it to be a friend he can share with his other friends." Sultry Syyn Labs Roboticist, Heather Knight, has already created a prototype interactive robot for kids that tells jokes entertaining enough for a TED crowd. Next stop, playdates.

Solar-Powered Computers
One female tween only wishes for, "a laptop that can be used outside and charged by the power of the sun."
The Present Version Of Solar Power Computers
Maker Faire has already produced a prototype solar-powered computer. And One Laptop Per Child has a jerry-rigged a solar setup for children in developing nations; maybe this girl will one day grow up to create a refined version.
True 3D
Move over, Avatar! This young girl wants true three-dimensional images.
A Roomba On Steroids.
Clearly tired of doing chores, this 6-year-old wishes for her very own Rosie from the Jetsons. Japan is inching closer with its table-busing "Assistant Robot." And recently revealed Geminoid bots make Rosie look like a bucket of bolts.
A Unique Global Language
“I want to video kids on the other side of the world using a different kind of language,” said a 7-year-old girl. Indeed, with LOL and BFF becoming official Oxford lexicon, the sometimes cryptic abbreviations of tween chatrooms is certainly evolving modern English (sometimes for the worse, IMHO).
Personal Stylist
This style-fatigued 8-year-old female wants "A robot that would help me pick out fashion clothes every day and dress me." Kinect just released its very first 3-D dressing room platform, Kinectshop--a good starting point for this young girl to take pictures of her wardrobe and have a computer select the best style of the day. And Fits.me just announced a shape-shifting femme bot that tries on clothes for you.

Teleportation
“Teleport through the screen to another computer at the place of your choice," wished a 9-year-old boy. Scientists have teleported particles successfully; maybe this burgeoning young scientist will make the leap to humans when he grows up. (Just don't let a fly accidentally get into the teleporter.)

Children Adorably, Accurately Predict The Future Of Computing

Want to know what magic tomorrow's screens may hold? The Latitude research organization ask micro Marissa Mayers and junior Jobses what they wish their web-connected computers could do. They answered with remarkable insight. And they answered in crayon. And then, often just months later, their visions of tomorrow started coming true. VCs, you might want to hit up Chuck E. Cheese's.

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