Over the weekend I pulled up an article from earlier this year written by Mark Cuban, titled “The Dumbest Words in New Media”. In this article, Cuban expresses his discomfort with the idea that the technology we utilize now, will mirror what will be used in the future.
How many times have we heard someone talk about the future of media and they immediately use their child as an example of what we all will experience in the future.
“My daughter will only use a touch screen.”
I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
This stirred up lots of different thoughts in my head. For one…what WILL technology be like in the future?
I think we’ve seen a massive spike over the last 10-15 years regarding technology. After all, who had the foresight to realize we’d be able to email, web browse, and do mobile banking on devices small enough to fit in our pockets? Not I.
It’s interesting to think about what technology will look like in the next 10 years. Are we getting closer to a tech-plateau? At what point will innovation in tech stagnate? Is there anything else left to invent?
It’s my opinion that technology is highly driven by a push for simplicity. New devices and platforms generally make our lives easier, and more simple, in one way or another. The fact that I have an iPhone prevents me from having to carry around a paper map for navigation, having to turn on a television or pick up a newspaper to get updates on current events, or having to dig to the depths of my slacks for change to use a pay phone.
It’s inevitable that we’ll witness more innovation over the years. The possibilities are truly limitless. It’ll all boil down to who is able to fill the gaps of difficulty, and most efficiently solve problems for consumers. Fewer steps, fewer clicks, or fewer dollars spent. I could see companies like Apple of Google taking a stab at smart-housing in the near future. Or maybe Google Glass will catch on. Who knows?
What are your thoughts? Feel free to engage in the comment section or on twitter.