If we truly want to understand the potential future interaction between humans and technology, we first need to understand what prevented Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy from blowing the world to smithereens at the height of the Cold War. Six in ten Americans (59%) feel that technological advancements will lead to a future in which people’s lives are mostly better, while 30% believe that life will be mostly worse. This is a community for people who are interested in the technology that is shaping our present and creating our future. Security is a concern, of course, with so many diverse devices in the workplace.
Indeed, men with a college degree have an especially sunny outlook: 79% of this group expects that technology will have a mostly positive impact on life in the future, while just 14% expects that impact to be mostly negative. Some 59% are optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better, while 30% think these changes will lead to a future in which people are worse off than they are today.
The reasons, he believes, are extraordinarily complex but have their roots partly in religion (humans attempting to mimic a creationist God are doomed), and the use of the word revolution” when it comes to discussing technology. By 2016, nearly 40% of U.S. businesses will have weaned workers off corporate-issued devices, such as iPads, BlackBerrys and even desktop computers, in favor of letting workers use devices of their choice.
Companies such as LG, Texas Instruments and HTC are releasing devices with built-in wireless charging capability. Spatial computing technology will let you fling PowerPoint presentations to screens mounted on different walls with gestures or motion-enabled remote controls. Of the four potential developments we measured, public attitudes towards ubiquitous wearable or implanted computing devices are the most positive, or more accurately, the least negative. The team displays a real understanding of our issues and comes to the table with suggestions and ideas that are very impressive.
Pilot programs are already underway to advance semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicular technology across the board—not just in vehicle control, but in advanced sensing and decision-making—and it’s safe to say that within a decade, you’ll be using it in some form or another.