What’s your technology predictions for the future? (Leave a comment below – trust me it’s fun to look back in 5 years at what you said about the Internet 🙂
One morning on the train this week, I heard two old pommie blokes doing what poms do best (no, not winning the rugby) – moaning.
They were whinging about technology.
Don’t get me wrong, they loved technology. And were well-impressed with some of the Internet technologies like Skype (so they could regularly video-chat with their grandchildren back in the Mother country for free).
Their gripe was that most of the technology advances had been made in the area of communications. What they really wanted was more labour-saving technology.
In particular, it seemed a robot to cook their dinner and wash the skid marks out of their undies seemed to be a bit of a winner. And the real reason for their complaining was because when they were young someone had predicted that this technology would be available soon – and cheap – and the fact that they STILL had to deal with their own disgusting laundry quandry was getting a bit annoying.
Coincidentally, the same day, I read the annual predictions of Internet trends from Kleiner Perkins (KPCB):
The data and statistics are fascinating. It uncovers surprising facts like Saudi Arabians share more about their lives in social media than Americans, and much, much more than the tech-savvy but oh-so-private Japanese.
The predictions are that a lot of the new technology revolutionising the jobs of the next 5 years will be flying drones and wearable devices. 3D printing will grow entirely new gadgets and forms of technology. And we’ll all be more connected – especially mobile – and global.
But as the old guys reminded me, predictions are always a bit uncertain and the timing is tricky… unless you’re in Australia.
Earlier this year, I heard an American speaker (Steve Furtick) tell a story about how his kids back home in America had spent the day misbehaving so when he phoned his wife, she asked him to have a Dad chat to them before they went to bed.
Even though it was night time in the US, it was already the next day for Steve in Australia, so he told them that he knew they were going to be good kids tomorrow. His kids were amazed and asked him how he knew. He told them “Because I’m already in tomorrow – and everything’s good!”
So, even though the old guys may whinge about having to deal with their own laundry and cooking their own meals, I’m excited about the world that KPCB predicts, because I’m in Australia – so I know I’m going to be good 🙂
P.S. You’re welcome to come and visit Australia if you want to be good too (… and especially if you want to be naughty! 😉