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Waking Up With The Internet of Things: 2040

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is already a thing. Right now it is in its early stages. In the future, when wireless tracking devices become cheap enough to spread on the ground like seeds of knowledge, it will be a game changer. Some industries are developing it because it gives them what they want most. Information about you. Where you go. What you do.

The Internet of Things

3 office workers having meeting with miniature virtual woman on table device.

Your Presence is Requested

Communication has already changed dramatically in my lifetime. I grew up with rabbit ears and snail mail. Now I have a satellite dish and text messaging. The future will bring a slew of new products that will change the way we communicate with each other and with machines.

Recent advancements in 3D imaging and scanning technologies are making your "virtual presence" a real possibility.

Current methods of high speed scanning make it possible to get a 3D scan of your face in a fraction of a second. In the future, projecting yourself or a room full a people to another location may be commonplace.

Methods of reassembling your virtual 3D self might take the form of 3D holographic displays or shape-shifting nano-bots.

Electronic Paper

Today, the portable wireless devices that allow you to download and read a newspaper or book, sometimes called eReaders, are convenient and can also help reduce the amount of paper we use. eReaders of the future will be paper thin, flexible and have wireless connections. When not being used, large displays may roll-up or neatly fold away.

New e-readers will end black and white era

EInk

Electronic Paper

Rollable display

Students design future flexible display products

Envisioning the Next Chapter for Electronic Books

The Future of Reading

Kindle at Amazon

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Hollywood's Favorite Villain

For many people, their first glimpse of a new technology might come from entertainment media. Science and technology are often portrayed as villains in science fiction because, well let's face it, any other way would be boring. What are some of the effects on society when technology is depicted negatively in the media?

Positive effect: A movie-goer may have heard of nanotechnology and not really understood, or cared to understand, how it could be used. After watching a scientist on the big screen inject himself with "nanobots" and become superhuman, they may leave the theatre thinking, "Can those nano things really do that?".

Positive effect: Some areas of science and technology do pose a risk to society, with scenarios even the best scientific minds cannot predict. When science fiction writers research a technology and then use their imagination to create a great story, (however improbable), it can raise public awareness to real issues that may lie ahead.

Negative effect: People may disapprove or fear a technology based on unrealistic scenarios seen in the media.

Positive effect: Disregard the token mad scientist lurking in almost every techno-thriller and the media may also be good for the scientific community. As unlikely as any sci-fi plot may be, it is sure to be a hot topic among those that study the science behind the story. This could bring new minds together and invoke discussion on valid scientific and ethical questions.

In general, I feel society benefits from any media exposure that new technologies receive, because it gets people thinking and talking. Today's public is media and tech savvy. Most of the people I know can recognize the difference between a good story and a patent application.

This is what I mean by Future For All. Technology for everyone, not just the privileged.

Communication Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Communication Articles
Title Source Date
Self-correcting crystal may lead to the next generation of advanced communications KurzweilAI.net 11/13
Word Lens: Where Translation and Augmented Reality Meet Mashable 12/10
3D Revolution CNN Video 10/10
Tomorrow’s Internet: 1000 times faster UC Santa Barbara 10/10
Prototype Augmented Reality Display KurzweilAI.net 10/10
Telenoid R1 Telepresesence Android Automation 07/10
Sony Shows Rollable OLED Display (Video) PCWorld 05/10
Researchers analyze performance of first updatable holographic 3D display PhysOrg 05/10
Robots Allow Docs to Examine Patients Who Are Miles Away ABC 08/09
Scared of social media? Read this PhysOrg 05/09
Starwars style holographic 3DTV could be a reality by 2018 PhysOrg 12/08
Three Dimensional Images in the Air AIST 02/06
Holographic displays step closer BBC News 02/08
3D Display Offers Glimpse of Future Media PhysOrg 11/08
Science fiction special: The future of a genre New Scientist 11/08
Innovation: What next after the megapixel wars? New Scientist 03/09

 

Communication Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
Fast 3D Scan Technologies Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
Ideas Project Future of communications think tank
Keeping Kids Safe Mobile and internet safety guide from O2
Personal Telepresence Station Microsoft
Stanford 3D Scanning Repository Stanford University
Texai Remote Presence System Willow Garage
Virtual Reality FFA

 

Future Communication Video
Title Source
Telepresence Robot system for the elderly Youtube
Telepresence robot system that learns Youtube
3D Moving Images Possible With New Hologram Technology University of Arizona

 

References
Article Sources
Your Presence is Requested Article by FFA
Image modified from licensed istock photo do not copy
Hollywood's Favorite Villain Article by futureforall.org
Image from Wikimedia Commons
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