The tech environment that has been growing around us for a few decades isn’t fair. It often rewards the innovators more than the creators and those who put in the effort to launch a new product or start a new segment are often left in the cold. Such is the case with the three tech companies below who changed the world forever despite not being with us at this time thanks to financial challenges.
What do eye glasses, stoves, and cows have to do with our future? They’re all a part of the rise of “personal technology” that is currently disrupting the way many people live their lives. For the most part, it’s not a bad disruption (unless you’re in an industry that relies on old technology). It’s just a change that is being enhanced by the exponential increase in scientific and technological knowledge being applied to the gadgets we own and the emerging gadgets of tomorrow.
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Microsoft has had challenges over the last few years being considered a futurist company. Their roots have definitely been bold and envisioned things that others could not, but lately the Star Trek visions of the future have been left to other tech companies. The company took a step in the right direction with the video below.
We have phones, tablets, pens, glasses, hats, and yes, cameras that can take pictures. As a result the growth in the number of images is up exponentially from just a few years ago.
What does this mean for the future? One concept is that everything will be traceable. In other words, you should be able to identify items, locate sources, and even find missing people through a consolidated database that could revolutionize everything.
That database is Google.
If you listen to Ray Kurzweil, you’ll believe that we’ll soon get to the point that we can live hundreds of years, power the world completely with solar energy, have computers in our brains and possibly raise the dead… and that’s just what he’s been talking about in the last few weeks. His history as a futurist spans decades and includes predictions that most would agree have become a reality today.
Is he way off base, betting on headline-grabbing predictions in hopes of promoting his documentary, or is he looking at the future with open eyes and simply extrapolating scientific and technological advancements through its trending progression?
Imagine being on vacation in an unfamiliar city. You’re hungry and looking around for something to eat. The choices are overwhelming. How do you know which restaurants are good? You don’t want to waste your money or your hunger on something inferior, right?
Now imagine putting on your sunglasses and looking at a restaurant. Except now you don’t just see a restaurant. You see customer reviews overlaying the actual building. Suddenly your decision isn’t so difficult after all.
So where can you get these glasses? Well you can’t… yet. But you can download an app from somewhere like Yelp and use your cell phone camera in the same way. And it’s not even that new of a technology. It’s been around for quite a while.