In the last fifty years, we have revolutionized the way we communicate to the point that science fiction no longer seems so far-fetched. We have gone way farther than we initially thought we could get with the way we use electronics to make everyday life easier and change the environment around us. We have gadgets today that can fit in our pocket the power of electronics that could fill up a whole office. The process of adopting technology usually begins with a fringe group of people who enthusiastically start trying things up and then a few months later and without us even noticing it, they start to become the norm.
Technology has always been a source of joy and wonder for the world, and today more than ever we look hopefully to a future that has made our planet even smaller, in a positive way, and enjoy better ways to communicate with our loved ones, to expand our businesses and to grow personally in a way that is more accessible than ever. Today, in Donald Burns’ Blog we want to talk about where communications are going in the near future and how they will continue to change the way we talk to each other in our personal and professional lives.
Smartphones are some of the most revolutionary devices in this age of technology. Everyone has a smartphone today and use them for a lot more than simply taking and making phone calls. These gadgets are a great way to communicate with others, as they are very powerful machines that not only allow us to shorten distances and get us closer to our loved ones but also give us access to the endless stream of information that is the Internet. A smartphone allows you to be entertained, informed and even educate yourself through online courses that you can take from anywhere in the world and in most cases for free. Future smartphones will probably be more powerful, lighter, made of more resistant materials and perhaps even cheaper so they can be within everyone’s budget.
The role of the Internet in communication will continue to be as influential as ever. Online communication and social networks have made it so anyone can speak to the entire world easily and instantly. Access to information has become so democratic that it could be considered a basic right of citizens of the world and that is great news for us as a species. The Internet has affected every aspect of human interaction from entertainment to politics and even education. We can use the Internet to watch TV, to voice our opinion about social change and to learn new skills with all the information readily available for us to consume. Business can also benefit greatly from things like VoIP by having all of their employees connected and sharing information at lightning speed.
Augmented reality systems allow us to superimpose a technological overview on top of our view of the world through devices like glasses or even our own smartphone screens. These overlays can give us information about locations, activities and even people immediately as we interact with our surroundings. Practical applications of this technology can include restaurant reviews, urban navigation applications, and useful information right within our reach when committing to all kinds of activities. The applications of this technology are endless and can help doctors, teachers, designers and many more people to be more efficient at their jobs and our communication with others even more immersive.
As we continue to learn more about computers, we also advance giant steps into the mysterious landscape of our own biology. Brain-Computer Interfaces would allow us to communicate with machines using only our brain activity. That means we could just think about the commands and the computer would answer just as if we were clicking a mouse or typing away at a keyboard. Researchers are finding ways to capture information from the electronic signals inside our brain to understand what they mean and translate it to a language the computer can understand and react to. The applications of this type of technology are endless and this could be one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of technology so far.
Just like in many science fiction films, “holograms” could be just another way we communicate today no different than video conferencing. Recent advances in 3D scanning are able to create virtual models of ourselves so quickly than a real image can be transmitted within instants, something that can make some far-fetched scenes from Star Wars be just another day at the office.
Project Loon is a research project still underway that is seeking for a way to bring the Internet to some of the most remote places in the planet. The purpose of the initiative is to make the Internet something everyone will have access to so we can all benefit from its great advantages.