Contributor: Jamie Hutson
I have a variety of thoughts on where the future is heading but I feel most strongly about the potential/danger of the Google world (officially Google Lively), becoming a bio-metrically regulated, truly realistic metaverse – not unlike the matrix. I joke with my girlfriend that I’m “plugging in” when I put my headphones on and work late online, but I feel as if we will see similar situations in our lifetime. The advent and proliferation of accelerometers, the growing intelligence of artificial inteligence and the increasing rate of technological advancement all have us barrelling towards some development that takes control of our lives beyond the control of its creator.
The World Future Society has released a list of its top ten technology forecasts for the next 25 years. Gleaned from the pages of THE FUTURIST magazine as well as other sources, the forecasts explore the key business and tech trends that are shaping the future, today. Interestingly, the only negative item among the top ten, weapons of mass destructions, is listed as a nanotechnology-enabled risk.
Among the society’s findings:
#1: Hydrogen fuel cells will be cost competitive by 2010. By 2012, fuel cell power is expected to cost around $400 per kilowatt-hour. Fuel cells will power cars and allow each home to have its own non-polluting electricity generator.
#2: The era of the Cyborg is at hand. Researchers in Israel have fashioned a “bio-computer” using the DNA of living cells instead of silicon chips. This development may soon allow a computer to connect directly with a human brain.
I’ve been taking a macro view at my entire portfolio of investments and have begun devising a strategy for the future. What we’ve been witnessing with the Internet in terms of “the world is flat” is having a major network effect into other industries, thus the world is fundamentally changing. While cultures may be separate and geographically disparate, there is no reason why they can’t live next to each other digitally. “Best in the World” does not apply any more: everyone has a voice that becomes crowdsourced into a microsystem.
I’ve recently taken notes on the top 5 things in my life which I believe are indicators of what the future looks like:
- Silicon Alley Insider
- Meetup / The Point / CarrotMob
- DonorsChoose & Kiva