A Foreseeable Future
A Foreseeable FutureIt is undeniable that the world has undergone overwhelming technological advancement in the past three decades. Many aspects of life have changed for the better and lifestyle, socialization, business activities among other facets of life has changed tremendously. With the current wave of technological and societal advancement, we can posit that the world will change even more in the next several decades.
Many changes have occurred in the past 25 years. For instance, computer evolution has accelerated only a few years ago. Beginning with large, slow, low capacity, and cumbersome computers that used to occupy a whole room, computer technology has turned things around. At present, computers drive the world and every facet of life is at least attached to a computer. For instance, virtually all offices in the world have computers for various operations (Jacko 12-22). Bank operations including ATMs are computer dependent. Information processing in business organizations is done on computers. The thrilling processing speeds of modern computers have made it possible to process all types of information in all sectors of life. Modern communication has shifted from traditional face-to-face to one that is dependent on computer platforms. Virtual worlds such as “Second Life” have continually replaced real world interaction. Facebook, twitter, YouTube, and other social platforms all depend on the computers (Shim 2-4).
Whereas we have experienced these tremendous changes in the world of computers, room for advancement still exists. I envision that in 25 years to come, computer evolution will have transformed our lives. Whereas man has a more physical interaction with modern computers, I envision the time when computers will be more human compatible. Commanding computers will be similar to commanding a fellow human being. Computers will have more processing power and minimized in size. Smaller computers will perform greater tasks at faster speeds. In the next 25 years, human-computer interaction will be more intuitive. It will no longer be humans sitting in front of computers but computers will be integrated in our actions and activities. Computer microchips and peripheral devices will be integrated in human physiology such that we will be using our gestures to command the world around us. For instance, taking photos will be done using a specified gesture rather than using a camera since video cameras, microphones, and other interactive devices will be integrated within our bodies (Poslad 9-17).
Whereas these advancements in computer technology will make life simpler, life will most likely be more technologically dependent and less natural. People will relate more via computer enabled platforms (Harper 2-6). Workers will be working remotely, management will be through computers, and business communication will be totally dependent on computer technology. Business, family, and social meetings will be held via computer screens. Industrial operations will be driven and powered by computers and little human contribution will go towards manufacturing processes. Processes such as cash transactions will change from paper money to e-money (Carr 15-31). More changes than we anticipate will eventually come to reality. Human interaction will change however, it is important that such changes be taken with moderation. Otherwise, there will be little if any human touch left in us (Shim 2).
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