The primary focus will be on efficacy…products, services, systems and software that help us get things done more quickly and economically.
In the future, there will be an overwhelming emphasis on saving time, saving money and being more productive. These are the metrics by which businesses will consistently make their builders money as long…as they continue to deliver the goods.
The next several generations of high-tech advances won’t be about inventing new things; they’ll be about making the everyday objects we deal with in our day-to-day lives smarter, more responsive and more helpful to us. These developments will be driven by two considerations. First, everyone is constantly connected to the Internet cloud by increasingly intelligent devices. Second, our basic expectations, which are forever growing and expanding, are that we will use these connected devices to provide us with what we need, when we need it, wherever we are, without asking. We’ll make smarter choices every day about a wide variety of things based on vast quantities of better information, which will be available all of the time in the palm of our hands. Many basic decisions will be made quickly and automatically for us by high-velocity computers living somewhere in the cloud based on the unimaginable quantities of data being generated by every move that we make, every venue we enter and the trails of digital exhaust that we will leave behind wherever we go.
Here are three categories of intelligent, device-driven interactions that will become everyday parts of our lives.
Who are you lookin’ at? The new Samsung phones turn off their screens when we aren’t looking at them. New photo apps won’t snap a picture if we’re not smiling. Our slabs and tabs are looking at us just as intently as we continue to study them.
Who are you talkin’ to? New cloud-connected pill bottles will remind us to take our medications and just how much of each prescription we should be taking. New haptic utensils and clothes will vibrate to remind us to slow down when we’re eating too fast and speed up when we’re walking too slowly.
What are you waitin’ for? Our phones, which we call mobile ‘trackers’ that just happen to make calls, will alert merchants as we enter their stores to send us immediate, totally-personalized offers, specials and coupons on the way into the store instead of wasting paper and killing trees by printing long receipts that never even make it out of the grocery bags once we leave.
There are many more examples and these are just brief glimpses of the future. It’s exciting, challenging and constantly changing. Buckle up!