Digital Futures

When my grandmother was a child in Brazil (about the year of 1945) she would never thought that one day she would have a computer with a camera integrated in it and with this she would be able to talk to someone on the other side of the ocean. Or that she would be able to watch the handicraft videos that she liked so much to watch on the television as many times as she want on the internet with a thing called youtube.

My mom, as well, would never imagine that she would have a telephone that would be portable, small and that she would be able to access the internet wherever she was with this tiny device. Technology is always chancing and surprising people.

This surprise also happened with me. One of the new technologies that are now on the market is the 3D printer. For me, the printers were just machines that printed texts or images that were on the screen of my computer. But now they are more. They are able to print 3D models of whatever we want to print. It can use plastics, resins, metals, ceramics and some more materials to print objects. Nowadays this technology is still a little bit expensive for everyone to have one of the them at home but we need to remember that when mobiles and computers were invented they were also too expensive to people to have at home and only big companies and important people used to have them. So, as soon as we can imagine, 3D printers will be in all places of the world.

Another thing that we have nowadays that many people in the world would never tell it would exist is the Google Glass. This is one of the highest technologies that we have nowadays. A glass that performs tasks that you tell it to do.

All the big companies and companies that want to grow in the future have a team to analyse what could be developed for the future. One of the biggest business nowadays is to predict the future, after all, technology is one of the most important things for people from all ages, since little kids to elder people once the companies are producing softwares increasingly easy to use.

So, with the technology we have today and the things that are being developed, it is almost impossible to think about a product for the future that cannot be developed. What could it be? A flying car? Mobiles with holographic calling? Anything is possible.

Sources:

http://www.tees.ac.uk/sections/research/digital_futures/projects.cfm
http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us/projects/digital-futures/details.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/3-d-printing.htm

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