2019: emerging technologies

March 13, 2009 at 2:00 am 1 comment

Regular readers know I like nothing better than a doomsday or conspiracy theory. The second best thing for me is reading about what amazing futuristic technologies will be available. The book I’m reading at the moment (see ThinkingShift Book Club on right hand side bar) talks about how every 5000 years there is a civilisation cycle (I’ll outline the theories in a future post) and a major shift in social relations. So the author reckons we are just at the beginning of the next 5000 year cycle, which will be characterised by networked organisations and social networking technologies. He also covers the Kondratieff Wave I blogged about recently.

Anyway, in the course of doing some research on 2022 (yep, I like to plan ahead), I came across this video from Microsoft, which imagines the future. Emerging technologies envisioned are transparent glass between classrooms where drawings and language translation can happen in real time; a digital wallet; an electronic newspaper and digital medical records.

When I see visions around emerging technologies that will help you (and in my case, stop me from carrying around a wallet the size of a small house), then this offsets all the biometric identification craziness. So watch this video and be inspired. Bring on 2019!


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  • 1. creativespark  |  March 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Only losers take the bus… I want my rocket pack!

    This one is pretty spectacular too (but it might happen sooner than you think)…

    MIT’s Pattie Maes revealed we’re quite a bit closer to usable, wearable tech than we realized at the TED conference this past month. Currently named “Sixth Sense,” it combines a projected gesture-driven interface with image recognition and a connection to the Internet, or potentially, the semantic web to create an augmented day-to-day experience that brought TED audience members to their feet.


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