As technology develops it can have a financial implication both in terms of opportunities in certain sectors and the removal of opportunities in the ones they’re replacing. It therefore pays to keep a close eye on the emerging technologies that could potentially impact your business; for better or worse. We take a look at some of the trends you should be paying attention to in 2016 and beyond.
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It's Back To The Future Day! For non-cinephiles, this is the date when a teenage Marty McFly traveled to the far-flung "future" of 21 October, 2015 in a Delorean time machine. (The film came out in 1989, y'see.) If you plan on socialising today, this movie is almost sure to come up, along with a discussion of all the tech predictions it got right. Bluff your way through with this handy primer.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
John Underkoffle is the CEO of Oblong Technologies; a telecollaboration company specialising in non-traditional user interfaces (UIs). He was also the brains behind the "spatial operating environment" in the science fiction film Minority Report. Since then, Underkoffle has turned his movie magic into a commercial reality for conference room collaboration. In the very near future, he believes everyone will be touching the air like Tom Cruise to get stuff done in the office. Here is his ethos.
The future holds a lot for the motor vehicle, with the beginnings of 3D printing already taking root in households, plenty of Bluetooth gadgets allow greater connectivity with our mobile devices, and new painting coatings provide less work when cleaning. Let's take a look at how you'll be able to hack your car to do even more in the near future.