posted on May, 9 2014 @ 09:42 AM
It is all quite interesting because predictions of future technology or where technology is going doesn't alway reach the ideals proposed.
Just like when the Personal Computer as we know and love was developed into a package similar to what we have now, various people namely a certain
Bill Gates was quoted to say "640Kb" of memory is all anyone will ever need! This turned out to be many orders of magnitude wrong, and even for the
products made by his own company.
Then there is the same person saying that in 20 years time (this was in the 90s) that computers would become advanced enough to allow integration with
your home, everything electronic would be computer controlled and life will be good.
Are we there yet? Well yes and no. Yes we have advanced tech, but it is not quite the integrated dream they had, and nor does it seem to be coming to
fruition any time soon, and why? those systems are still beyond the reach of the average consumer cost wise and general levels of technical competence
also. This might change a lot in the next decade because many of the technically minded people who grew up surrounded by and comfortable with
computers and technology are now moving into the housing markets. That said, there is still the question of cost.
There are places in the world that are moving in the right direction in terms of infrastructure, Korea has towns where every new building is wired
with gigabit lan throughout, were residence pay a small fee and basically get a ultra fast internet connection. There is also a big disparity to
network infrastructure in developed countries, in the early 2000's many companies invested in fibre optic technology, this allowed consumers in
various areas to have access to cheap bandwidth. Back in 2005 I had a 25 Mbit connection, and by the time i moved it had been upgraded to 50 Mbit. So
imagine my dismay moving to north america and paying 2 times as much for a 10 Mbit connection.
Other technologies have a long way to go before reaching the dreams you posted... it will be an exciting ride, and I am sure we will get there
eventually. There will always however be technology that cannot or should not be miniaturized and integrated.
Lovely example of a technology that should both die out and live on at the same time is hand held point and click cameras. Why? Well in terms of
technology they are all the same, megapixels is a pointless and useless metric and in general for point and click, you should buy based on
superficial things like, the colour of if it will fit in your pocket or will it break if you drop it etc. Phones have cameras in them which are about
as good. On the other hand, as a photography enthusiast I think traditional cameras should not vanish either. Image quality is better and expression
is so much easier and in general the optics are a hell of alot better. So again, it is just a preference. It is like the notion that synth would kill
off traditional physical instruments... it didn't and shouldnt