Let’s face it: the technological revolution is upon us. Computers aren’t just in your pocket, they’re everywhere, and there’s plenty more to come. Not only that, but tech is infiltrating all other industries from food to agriculture to dynamic integrated business solutions to healthcare to military applications (autonomous killer robots are almost ready to be deployed by the Russian government.) In light of all of this unprecedented change, many industry analysts have come forward with their own ideas regarding what to expect from the tech explosion that is our modern world. So buckle up baby, because we are in for a wild ride full of ups and downs, robots and connectivity.
Take the predictions of industry insider Sanjay Ramendong for example. According to Ramendong, we can expect the distinction between “the tech industry” and “industry in general” to fade. Ramendong attributes this to “a massive price reduction in computing technologies and an upgrade in terms of portability of all widely used devices.”
“Although our capability is improving, we often neglect the ethical questions surrounding our advancements,” Ramendong continued. “Consider the issue of artificial intelligence; do we make the helpful robots cuter or capable of love? Should we purposefully limit their consciousness?”
Futurist and professor of integrated technologies at MIT Dr. Holly Sass has written a variety of books on the subject of new devices in a world where relationships between humans and technology are constantly forming and being rewritten:
“Virtual reality will change the experience of livestock in a way that most people haven’t considered. Assume a cow is wearing a virtual reality helmet; he will forget he is at a farm and can instead live a reality in which he is a swashbuckling pirate or an astronaut for all I know.”
“From an animal rights perspective, does it really matter how you treat an animal that’s wearing a virtual reality helmet?” she continued. “The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, from how developed and compelling VR technology comes to how good the video is to the philosophical changes that occur in humankind in the time between VR helmets for people and VR helmets for cows.”
“There’s no reason to rule out smart dirt, perhaps called iDert or Dtech when the time comes for branding and market development. There are a variety of promising and well-funded startups devoted to making computers for trees. These computers will make it possible for trees to enter chat rooms, possibly giving a voice to the voiceless and fueling environmental discussions in the future.”
Whether or not these analysts are real, there is a high probability that computers will play a larger role in our lives and perhaps directly in our bodies. So let’s be honest, now is the time to ask ourselves not if but when and if when, but how will we prepare for these changes?