We are drowning in a sea of technology. Computers are all around us. Wireless technology passes through our bodies all day. We are constantly monitored by companies, organizations and our government. It is becoming less and less feasible for individuals or companies to operate without staying current with the latest technology. The majority of us can’t make it through one step of our day without using technology. Technology is advancing faster than ever.
My day stars when the alarm on my phones goes off. I don’t even have a separate alarm clock any longer. Using NFC tags throughout my house I tap my phone against one to disable my alarm permanently(instead of just snoozing) once I am actually standing up and walking out of my bedroom door. As I walk into the bathroom I have another to start playing music that isn’t physically in my home but streams through the internet, wirelessly on my phone. As I go to work GPS can route me past traffic jams and warn me of bad weather ahead.
Once at work I bounce from several different computers or computerized devices that autonomously do parts of my job for me. My phone periodically will remind me when I need to send invoices, check inventory or order supplies. If we have an issue that needs to be documented the same device is able to take pictures that are instantly synced with my Google account so I can retrieve them once back at my desk or instantaneously send it out to corporate where they will immediately be able to see it and respond. Something that once took weeks or months to travel thousands of miles can now do it in a fraction of a second.
As we learned in this class a growing concern is security. While we often have the illusion of safety many times it is just that, an illusion. We can take every measure possible to secure data, passwords, bank account information, etc but just like with your house no matter how secure your front door is there are plenty of other places that could be exploited to gain access to the home. As technology advances securing the information on those devices will be a continuous job.
More and more technology in our lives will increasing interaction with it. As we interact more and more we will also see an increase in artificial intelligence. It is much more pleasant to interact with someone who we feel is as intelligent as us instead of someone who seems ignorant. This will hold true with technology as well. In order to make interacting with technology more pleasant we will see an increase in AI and in the ability of that AI.
While it may seem that technology could never get much better than it is now we have been saying that for years and yet it continues to amaze us. In order to stay current and functioning in the world we need to strive to be as familiar with the changing tech as possible. It is hard to imagine where we will be in 20 years or even 5 years. 20 years ago the computer in my room was less powerful than the watch I wear on my wrist that is blue tooth connected to my Android phone. If technology has snowballed that much in the last 20 years I look forward to seeing where we are in the next 20. I hope to see self driving cars, holograms and a manned trip to Mars by 2033.