In 20 years our technology will reach a level of personalization that will enhance every moment of our lives. So writes Rick Chin on mashable.com. Here is his list of eight current technologies that will shape our future:
Smartphones will evolve into our personal mobile computers (PMC). The number, accuracy and performance of sensors will grow, the combination of which will give users a powerful sense of surroundings.Your PMC and personal peripherals will become your interface to every other computer, device and machine with which you interact.
- 3G and 4G Wireless Broadband
In the future, personal mobile computers won’t even have signal strength indicators; wireless access to the cloud will be pervasive and ultra-fast at all times, everywhere.
- Cloud Computing
With tomorrow’s cloud computing, all our personal information and required/desired applications will be available to us at any time. We will never be without the information and tools needed to complete the task at hand.
- Eye-Tracking/Voice Commands
In the future, eye-tracking and voice recognition will be combined with augmented reality to create a near-invisible and natural user interface for your PMC. We’ll call these tools “information glasses.” Objects viewed and words spoken will be transmitted to your PMC, which will interpret your intent, find and compute results, and transmit them back visually and/or verbally.
- Augmented Reality
Today’s augmented realty (AR) will add floating text, symbols and 3D virtual images to a camera’s video feed to make it more informative or entertaining.
- Social Networking
In the future, the management of our network will be dynamic and automated; the system will make and break connections to ensure maximum value. As updates are posted, for example, only those relevant at the present moment will make it through your PMC’s filter.
- CAD, 3D Printing & Custom Products
In the future, computer-aided design (CAD) will allow the average consumer to design custom products that are both manufacturable and affordable. Consumers will be able to use simple software to combine predefined, configured product features, and be able to personalize further.
- Autonomous Cars
In the future we will have autonomous cars, where driver control will be optional. Your PMC will act as a user interface. It will know your schedule and address book, so all you have to do is say, “Let’s go.”
Don’t think you’ll want to relinquish control? Yes you will.