It’s 2015 and just as the movie “Back to the Future 2” predicted, we all are driving flying cars, wearing internet glasses, sporting self-tying sneakers and floating on Hover-Boards! Well, one out of four is not bad.
Having said that, it’s time to take a look at exactly how far we’ve come—or more to the point—how far we still have to go in this technological driven society.
When things are commonly predicted about our future, they are usually described as something that will make our lives simpler, more manageable. Unfortunately, today’s technology has actually made our lives more difficult, sometimes (even) downright dangerous!
Take the smart-phone as one example. Yes, we all agree this is one fantastic tool! It keeps us connected to our emails; provides instant communication, offers one-click-shopping and instantaneous answers to the world’s most vexing questions.
Now let’s look at the reverse. Constantly checking our Twitter feed and status updates has made us all a bunch of hunchbacked, anti-social curmudgeons! Not to mention the fact that texting while driving has taken more lives than we care to count.
So what about the other forms of technology that were supposed to free us from the mundane tasks of the day? Automatic food re-hydrators, self-cleaning cars, smart houses and orgazmitrons (see the Woody Allen’s classic “Sleeper” for that last reference). We’re not even close.
On the upside… we can open doors with our fingerprints, have face to face meetings via Skype and carry an entire music library in the palm of our hand. But there’s still something missing… the human touch.
So, the pulse of technology for 2015 and beyond? We must find a way to marry the human experience with technology. Interaction in real time, with real emotions (not silly emoticons).
If the last 10 years is any sort of a predictor of the next 10, than it should be an incredible ride. Want to know more? Visit this Long Island Pulse blog page–every Friday– for technology updates, gadget announcements and incredible inventions. We may actually see the Hover-Board this year, who knows!