Video games, science fiction and especially cyberpunk novels or movies, and unabashed potential of technology has driven me to the computer. And, it became an addiction. I feel like I probably could go into emotional withdrawal if I were cut off from my computer. I’m not linked to it, exactly, since there are plenty of non-digital activities that I enjoy. But, this is the future. Humans have developed tools throughout our history, it’s only natural to try to develop something as versatile and malleable as ourselves. Perhaps, not as blocky as it is now, though the potential is immense. People are working on artificial intelligence that may match our own someday or an android that could really question our humanity, the future potential is immense. This is without introducing the many ethical, moral, philosophical, spiritual, and physical problems that arise. For instance, should an android be considered just a tool or servant, or do we apply morality in treating it as we would another flesh and bone human? There are too many grey areas for one simple blog post to address.
Networks bring instant communications from across the globe, and this is available now. Combine that with peripherals that can read brain waves, cameras, microphones, and we could nearly open a link from one point to another irregardless of distance. That is astounding considering just a hundred years ago, the fastest a message or idea could travel was by horse or train.
Idea propagation is spreading faster and is being created faster than ever before. Databases catalog our knowledge in a centralized and open interface that allow us to manipulate our collective knowledge like never before. Statistics can be manipulated to make it much more accurate with simulations being built on top of those findings that is helping us predict previously nearly random events such as the weather.
Virtual worlds can be used for tele-presence for conferences or meetings, entertainment and escapism, or a marketing tool. For instance, I got into playing the World of Warcraft game with a my future fiance while she lived in Indiana a the time. This gave us something we can do together while being separated by distance.
The future is open and is still being written. Though, technology and ideas pertaining to our direction are accelerating at increasing speeds. What was considered to be a career today may be obsolete in 5 years. Science is discovering things that we previously thought impossible. Whenever we fully develop a quantum computer, the possibilities can become endless. The next step would be distribution. I forget who said this, I suspect William Gibson, but “The future is here, it just isn’t evenly distributed yet.”