The pace of technological change, and hence Spatial and GIS, appears to be ever increasing. At times it's getting harder and harder to get a clear picture of where we are heading .....
At least thanks to Jack, and his Conference Q&A Session, we can get a few answers and an indication of where things are heading for the ESRI and ArcGIS environment.
Take a look at the 2011 ESRI International UC Q&A Session.
(A year is a long time in the technology space, so 2012 may look completely different!!)