What's next for our digital future?
I attended a briefing session with a futurist.
The job of the futurist is to consider what's next at a societal and system level. This person assists companies with defining long term strategy.
I left the session feeling refreshed and inspired to consider what comes next.
During the session, it was mentioned that Elon Musk and other entrepreneurs are investigating how we can work with technology in a more efficient manner.
The intent is to have an interface between our brain and the digital world. While likely a few decades away, this will transform our lives in ways difficult to imagine.
I took a moment to come up with three considerations:
The term 'dual-screening' will be redundant, just like the term work-life balance is now out of date.
The information we receive will be constant, but not unmanageable. Assuming the interface would work both ways, we will be able to ingest information at a much higher rate than we do with reading.
Speaking would be much slower than sending any digital communication. As such, we will speak a lot less.
Does this seem far-fetched? For a moment, consider how much time in our day we spend sending an email, tweeting, commenting on articles or texting.
Compare this to how much we actually speak. Estimate the amount of words or minutes - either way you will be surprised. In saying this, language barriers will be further removed. By the time this new interface is available, there will be a non-obtrusive translation capability.
We would need to ensure there is a fail-safe mechanism for impulse control. In the heat of the moment it can be difficult to not use the reply-to-all button, tweet, comment or send that text.
Unless we would all be fine with knowing what people really thought, a potentially uncomfortable level of authenticity, a filter or form of protection from ourselves will be necessary.
This list is by no means exhaustive.
I find technology and its impact on our experiences an interesting topic, as well as the combination of logic and imagination - though this could be a side effect of reading a lot of science fiction when I was much younger.