2019: emerging technologies
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!