When you imagine the future, what do you see? Do you see the Jetsons? Do you see time traveling? What do you think is going to have been made possible by the year 2019? I bet you would have said no if I would have asked you in the year 2001 if it would be possible to talk face-to-face to someone in another country in 2011. Would you have believed that you can now say, “Wake me up in forty-five minutes,” to your cell phone, and it will respond with something along the lines of “your alarm is set for 4:50 PM.”?
Times are changing, and technology has a lot to do with that. Microsoft released a video in 2009 that predicted what technology would be like in the year 2019. Click here to see the video that shows what they predicted. Do you think that Microsoft was on track when they created this video? What do you see on the video that you believe will emerge by 2019? What do you see on the video that you highly doubt will be an option in 2019?
I saw an article about how the late Steve Jobs carried around a prototype of the iPhone before it was actually released. Here is an excerpt from that article:
In 2007, a little over a month before the iPhone was scheduled to appear in stores, Mr. Jobs beckoned a handful of lieutenants into an office. For weeks, he had been carrying a prototype of the device in his pocket.
Mr. Jobs angrily held up his iPhone, angling it so everyone could see the dozens of tiny scratches marring its plastic screen, according to someone who attended the meeting. He then pulled his keys from his jeans.
People will carry this phone in their pocket, he said. People also carry their keys in their pocket. “I won’t sell a product that gets scratched,” he said tensely. The only solution was using unscratchable glass instead. “I want a glass screen, and I want it perfect in six weeks.”
Who is to say that the next futuristic technology is not in someone’s pocket right now?
Let’s also discuss how this might affect sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Here is another video about what Microsoft has envisioned for the future of social media. Do you think this is a bizarre video, or is it a possibility? We can only imagine what the future holds with technology and social media. Lastly, I would like to ask this….what company do you see making a large impact on the future of technology and social media? Windows? Macintosh? And why?
I ask a lot of questions because there are currently no definitive answers. The future? That’s questionable…