In only seven years time, black boxes have grown from mysterious devices on jumbo jets to ubiquitous event-recorders, which can now be found, for example, in millions of General Motors vehicles in the US. San Francisco based 'Drive Cam' even offers owners of commercial vehicles a small digital camera (attached to the review mirror), which monitors how the vehicle is operated. The proliferation of these black boxes is yet another sign of RECONSTRUCTURING: the ability to reconstruct any event, online and offline, good or bad.

This trend is not only driven by curious governments/authorities, insurance companies and technological advances, but also by consumers, who are torn between privacy concerns and the convenience of having access to more and more back-data whenever and wherever they need it.

Whether it is about mining the 'Sent' box for that important email sent out five months ago, or retrieving a new business contact's telephone number from the 'Received Calls' in one's Nokia, consumers increasingly expect that events can be reconstructed.

TRENDWATCHING.COM expects RECONSTRUCTURING to take off fast, due to government regulations, technological progress and consumer demand. Manufacturers and service providers would do well to examine which usage-elements of their products and services will soon be expected to be reconstructable.