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  • People might not want to use technology any more – technology that’s outdated (and might not be able to update)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)
  • Robocop
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • Interstellar
  • 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.

Day Two

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

Photo by tvol / CC BY


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:

  • 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!

just another

Day Four – Thursday: Space!

Direction 1: Space in the Entertainment Industry

Space Movies

Space Games

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:

Let’s forget 4G for a minute. This is what your 5G world will look like

The Indian Express19 Aug 2015
Or should we say life changing? Here is a … That is where thistechnological shift will impact us the most. This new … But even by conservative estimates we are looking at least 50 billion connected devices by the end of 2020.

How technology will shape our lives in 2020 — ideaSpace

 Jan 27, 2014 – A new book curated by a creative entrepreneur based at ideaSpace focuses on how technology will influence our daily life in the near future.

Your Life 3.0: Next Generation Technology – DeVry

Jul 24, 2014 – Discover our future technology predictions for 2020.to a more connected lifestyle will impact our lives in equally unexpected ways.“We take for granted to a high degree all of the technology that we use in our daily lives.

The Future of Privacy – The Global Challenge – Future Agenda


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

The Euronews Science & Technology Web Page




We’re About 100 Years Away From a Real RoboCop | WIRED

 ‘100 Robi’: Dwarf Japanese break-dancing robot army

TED Talk: Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I Make Robots The Size of a Rice Grain

FastCoExist: Yes, Robots Really Are Going To Take Your Job

Boston Dynamics: Introducing Spot (YouTube: Robot Dog)

FastCompany.com: Inside MIT’s Virtual Robotic Workplace

TedEd: Can robots be creative? – Gil Weinberg

Fortune.com: Apple’s co-founder: We’re all going to be robots’ pets one day

FastCoExist: Hitchbot the Hitchhiking Robot Meets his End at the Hands of an Angry Human

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence- Debunking the Myths

Artificial Intelligence: Google AI is now self learning

PC Mag UK: Bill Gates Loves the Hololens / Is Freaked Out by AI

Mashable: Elon Musk lives in fear of Google’s killer robot army

WaitButWhy.com: Artificial Intelligence Revolution

BBC News: Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

FastCompany.com: What a pong-beating robot says about where Silicone Valley is taking AI


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.”

Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons

FastCompany.com: What emotion reading computers are learning about us


Virtual and Augmented Reality

Toyota Chrysler Oculus Rift

TechCentral.ie: Oculus Says Rift VR Will Ship March 2016

Microsoft HoloLens – Transform your world with holograms (YouTube)

Techcentral.ie: Google Cardboard

FastCoExist: Could Virtual Reality Make Us Better People?

PC Mag UK: Bill Gates Loves the Hololens / Is Freaked Out by AI

FastCoDesign.com: The Layman’s Guide to Virtual Reality

FastCoDesign: Google Quietly Moves Head of Search Design to Virtual Reality

Flying a drone and watching through the camera: First Person Videos: E.g. Charpu: Left Behind. Flying through an abandoned hospital in Spain.

FastCoDesign: How Hollywood is Learning to Tell Stories in Virtual Reality

TechCentral.ie: Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow

How To Reinvent The Mouse Cursor For The VR Age

Virtual Reality is Anybody’s Game for Now

PCMag UK: Microsoft Shows Off Minecraft for Hololens


Teleportation, Time Travel

Will Human Teleportation Ever Be Possible? – Discover …

Work Life of the Future

7 Reasons Virtual Conferences Will Transform Industries …

FastCompany.com: Inside MIT’s Virtual Robotic Workplace



Florida Virtual School: Online High School | Online Middle …

Can Technologies from Movies / TV exist?

10 Doctor Who Technologies That (Sort of) Exist

6 ‘Star Wars’ Technologies That May Not Be So Far, Far Away


Brain to Brain Communication

Miguel Nicolelis: Brain to Brain Communication Has Arrived

 The House of the Future / Day to Day Living & Technology

In Ikea’s Kitchens You Won’t Have a Fridge But You Will Have Drones

Mashable: Wind and solar-powered Ecocapsule is your off-grid home of the future

UK PCMag: Get an Amazon Echo Without an Invite (~Amazing what speakers can do these days)


Driverless Cars

Fortune: Driverless Car Study

Mashable: Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era

PCMag UK Beep, Beep: Google’s Self-Driving Prototype Hits the Road

LinkedIn Pulse: Driving in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman



Fortune.com: The key to an $80 billion wearables market? Invisibility. About connected gadgets.

Games, Toys… and eSports

DigitalBuzzBlog.com: Lego Brainbricks – Game Your Lego

PCMag UK: Microsoft Shows Off Minecraft for Hololens

LinkedIn Pulse: Why The Next Sports Empire Will Be Built On eSports


Bionic Limbs

Euronews: Austrian Men Become First in the World to Have Bionic Hands

FastCoDesign.com: This robotic hand is inspired by a camaeleon’s tongue

3D Printing

DigitalBuzzBlog.com: Omote 3d: The World’s First 3D Printing Photo Booth

FastCoDesign: The World’s First 3D Printed Violin Sounds Pretty Groovy

The Internet of Things / Programing Physical Objects

FastCoExist: Physical Objects Are About To Become As Programable As A Computer

FastCompany.com: The Future of the Internet of Things is like the Internet of the 1990s

FastCoDesign.com: Amazing Software turns Paper Into Computers

Drones & Shopping & Deliveries

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery


Science, finally

Microchips Lined With Human Cells Could Make Animal Testing Obsolete


Our sites, created during the 2015 Future of Technology Summer Camp:

CMcK’s site

JG’s Site

JC’s site

JMcS’s site

BH’s site

SMcK’s site