New Age Fire

The future is both here and coming soon. We have experienced rapid technological growth in a relatively short amount of time, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Even 100 years ago, people were saying that we were as advanced as a society could get, and yet we still find ways to exceed our own expectations. I thoroughly believe that technologies like the Internet is to us what fire was to early man: revolutionary, an introduction to a new way of life, and a glimpse of what could be in the future.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are a good example of an industry taking an unexpected turn. When Apple released the iPhone, a new precedent was set for manufacturers and designers. Instead of following the trend of phones getting smaller, they started getting thinner. Then, OLED technology began making large strides and allowed for more pixels to be squeezed into a small area. This, coupled with increased processing power and availability of resources via the internet, phones began getting bigger, and are still growing to this day. There’s even patents by Samsung to create folding phones that look similar to the old cell phones with a sliding keyboard.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The basic idea behind the Internet of Things is a network of physical devices in a similar location connected to the Internet and, by extension, each other. Most major tech companies try to keep their IoT devices under the same ecosystem, especially Apple to an annoying degree. Apple’s products all work together well and are specifically designed to do that. Google’s devices do the same and can connect to a wide variety of third-party appliances as well. Most things with an outlet can be automated with simple voice commands or even gestures on a screen. Screaming at your lights to turn off has never been so easy!

Entertainment

Gone are the days of channel surfing and wishing there was something else on other than Dr. Phil repeats. These days, it’s all about you. You get to decide what you want to watch and when you want to watch it. Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are entertainment services on demand, and even let you put your stuff on their platform. People can make careers out of making online content about whatever stupid idea comes rattling around their skull.

My Predictions

1. One account for everything

Basically, instead of having multiple accounts for services, we would be given a single account that can be applied to each and every service available. BuT wHaT aBouT muH seCUritY some of you might ask. Well, that’s where eSSN comes into play.

2. eSSN

This would not replace the normal social security number we already have, rather, it would be another version of it strictly for online activity that is tied into your account. Just as important, but negates the risk of full-blown identity theft by separating offline from online.

3. Programming

Programming will be as important as learning to read, and we would begin teaching it as early as kindergarten so that children can be as fluent in programming as possible to prepare for future jobs and all around computer fluency.

Closing

Overall, the future is quickly changing, but we will always be one step ahead. After all, we are the ones paving the path for the future generation to walk on, so it’s important to make it as solid and efficient as possible.

Entertainment

Gone are the days of channel surfing and wishing there was something else on other than Dr. Phil repeats. These days, it’s all about you. You get to decide what you want to watch and when you want to watch it. Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are entertainment services on demand, and even let you put your stuff on their platform. People can make careers out of making online content about whatever stupid idea comes rattling around their skull.

My Predictions

1. One account for everything

Basically, instead of having multiple accounts for services, we would be given a single account that can be applied to each and every service available. BuT wHaT aBouT muH seCUritY some of you might ask. Well, that’s where eSSN comes into play.

2. eSSN

This would not replace the normal social security number we already have, rather, it would be another version of it strictly for online activity that is tied into your account. Just as important, but negates the risk of full-blown identity theft by separating offline from online.

3. Programming

Programming will be as important as learning to read, and we would begin teaching it as early as kindergarten so that children can be as fluent in programming as possible to prepare for future jobs and all around computer fluency.

Closing

Overall, the future is quickly changing, but we will always be one step ahead. After all, we are the ones paving the path for the future generation to walk on, so it’s important to make it as solid and efficient as possible.