Well another year has passed and even though I am sure that the vision of the future included hover boards and flying cars, Santa isn’t bringing me any of these this year.
So what has changed in the last 12 months?
Often it hard to pick out those advances in technology that impact your day to day life because the don’t arrive with a big bang. The arrive bit by bit so that you think you have always done things in a certain way.
I mean 6 years ago, none of us were using Facebook or Twitter and now look.
But as I get to the end of 2012 I can’t help noticing that my life and my home is a lot more connected.
Take my living room as an example. Read more
It’s no secret that I love to travel. See new places, experience different cultures, try different food and so on. At the same time I have to balance this against the ever increasing cost of air travel, hotel costs, tourist taxes and what have you.
But at a conference in Frankfurt a couple of years ago, one of the keynote speakers was Dr Robert Ballard who is a oceanographer and devotes his life to exploring the depths of our oceans . His big claim to fame is that it was he who discovered the wreck of the Titanic.
He talked about how technology now enabled him to explore deeper and for longer than ever before. By using robots backed up with high speed data communications, instead of flying out to a ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean and then spending 2 hours slowly descending in a submarine to spend just 2 hours exploring before spending 2 more hours trying to get back to the surface without getting the bends, he can now do his exploration from the comfort of a university campus on the mainland.
There would appear to be a lot of these out there right now
This time with an Office slant to it
Microsoft “Future of productivity”
Still on a future gazing theme, this is a video produced by the Microsoft Office Labs team laying out their vision of what the not so distant future may look like.
The good news is that these guys also think that you will be able to chat with your granny from your kitchen worktop so perhaps we are all heading to a common future after all.