Where is technology going?
What will be possible in 10 years’ time?
What is already possible?
The Cloud – Artificial Intelligence – Virtual Reality – Internet of Things – …
What are the developments we get excited about? (The things we can’t wait to see / do / have…)
- Microchip in your brain for access to information
- to be able to interface with the internet of things
- Space Exploration – going further than any man has ever before
- Hoverboards and other stuff from Back to the Future (like the shoes)
- smarter computers: Controlled by gestures (natural user interaction), voice control
- Holograms like in Ironman and Star Wars: Augmented Reality
- virtual reality – like with the Oculus Rift and the new Five: Being “somewhere else” (for work – virtual conferences)
- Teleportation – is it theoretically possible? Practically?
What are we concerned about? (Who knows / controls what…? What will our lives be like? Consumers vs Creators)
- Advanced weaponry and who is in control of it & malfunctions
- Artificial Intelligence getting too intelligent, passing out humans and taking over. (Elon Musk, Steven Hawkins & their call for a ban on military artificial intelligence)
- Malfunctioning AI robots
- People might not want to use technology any more – technology that’s outdated (and might not be able to update)
Movies and television series that influence our understanding & thoughts:
- Back to the Future (great gadgets)
- iRobot (sentient robots imprisoning people in their houses)
- Star Trek
- Star Wars
- The Matrix
- Doctor Who (although that’s more fantasy – as well as some SciFi)
- Altered Carbon (“cortical stacks” in the neck hold person’s personality, memories etc.)
- Hover Car Racer (transport etc.)
Transport – Gaming – Medicine – Media – Robots – Drones – Wearable Technology – 3 D Printing….
What we explored on the first day
- Ikea working with technological companies on a smart table: Put the ingredients e.g. for a pancake on it, and it shows you how much of each to add. “Smart Table”
- Lasers are used in weaponry in new ways: US Navy are using them to burn holes in aircraft. Handheld laser guns (called phasers, funnily) can blind people temporarily.
- Robots with AI can be creative, make music, do art, from learning what people like. The music sounds good even.
- Virtual Reality: Oculus Rift and the Vive (Steam’s VR device) look pretty cool. You can now walk in a room and your movements can be tracked by two laser devices, which is a huge step forward.
- Virtual Reality and Minecraft can come together. One player can get a birds-eye view or underground view on a world that other players are playing in on their PC or tablet. Fascinating.
- There are virtual schools now: In Florida, there is a virtual Middle School and High School. It’s free if you are a Florida resident, but if you live elsewhere it’s $395 a class per semester. Out of the five people here, one would prefer online, two would prefer real life, and two are not sure.
Technology: We watched this Top 10 video and blogged about our reactions. (See the bottom of this page for the links to each participant’s blog.) Then we researched Games Development.
Day Three (Wednesday)
WordPress: Themes and Tags / Categories.
Images: Issues of copyright:
Best practice: Use images free to share under the creative commons license.
“If supplied, you must provide the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material. CC licenses prior to Version 4.0 also require you to provide the title of the material if supplied, and may have other slight differences.”
Example, taken from the Creative Commons Wiki:
This is an ideal attribution
- Title? “Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco”
- Author? “tvol” – linked to his profile page
- Source? “Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” – linked to original Flickr page
- License? “CC BY 2.0“ – linked to license deed
This is a pretty good attribution
- Title? Title is not noted (it should be) but at least the source is linked.
- Author? “tvol”
- Source? “Photo” – linked to original Flickr page
- License? “CC BY” – linked to license deed
Actually, the latest version is Creative Commons 4.0 and the link is here, for you to paste and copy:
And this is what that license says:
You are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
- for any purpose, even commercially.
- The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, andindicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
- You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
- No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.
Images? Make your own!
A great place for creating your own images is picmonkey.com.
It’s free and pretty easy to use.
Just … once you’ve closed the web page, and (hopefully) have downloaded your image, you cannot change its elements ever again. So keep that tab open until you’re sure!
Day Four – Thursday: Space!
Direction 1: Space in the Entertainment Industry
Direction 2: Actual developments in space exploration
There is a lot happening in space exploration, as can be seen from the Space Exploration Wikipedia page.
Be it Deep Space Exploration or “just” a trip to Mars. But will it be possible to colonize space, will humans be living on other planets in the future, or is that just something from Doctor Who (and many other fictitious works)?
Day Five – Friday: Our Life in 2020
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Jan 12, 2015 – … one of the most vexing public issues of our time, and will remain so in2020. … technology and the role and impact of technology on our lives and societies.
There are lots and lots of articles and videos on the internet about these questions…
Developments in general
FastCompany: MARK ZUCKERBERG: THE FUTURE OF FACEBOOK IS SHARING THOUGHTS “ I BELIEVE WE’LL BE ABLE TO SEND FULL RICH THOUGHTS TO EACH OTHER DIRECTLY USING TECHNOLOGY.”
Boston Dynamics: Introducing Spot (YouTube: Robot Dog)
FastCoLabs: Why Google is Interested in Deep Learning
“Deep learning is an emerging topic in artificial intelligence. A subcategory of machine learning, deep learning deals with the use of neural networks to improve things like speech recognition, computer vision, and natural language processing.”
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Flying a drone and watching through the camera: First Person Videos: E.g. Charpu: Left Behind. Flying through an abandoned hospital in Spain.
TechCentral.ie: Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow
Teleportation, Time Travel
Work Life of the Future
Can Technologies from Movies / TV exist?
Brain to Brain Communication
The House of the Future / Day to Day Living & Technology
UK PCMag: Get an Amazon Echo Without an Invite (~Amazing what speakers can do these days)
Fortune.com: The key to an $80 billion wearables market? Invisibility. About connected gadgets.
Games, Toys… and eSports
The Internet of Things / Programing Physical Objects
Drones & Shopping & Deliveries
Our sites, created during the 2015 Future of Technology Summer Camp: