Throughout history technology and change has always been driven by one thing, the need to become all knowing. People want to know what others are thinking, People want to know how others behave, people want to be other people. Many of the most used inventions of the past 100 years tap into this, The Telephone, TV, Movies, Computers, Cell Phones, The Internet. Each of these inventions allows us to know more about other people, and to communicate faster with other people.In the last 2 years we have seen social networks take off and Youtube spring to life, these are again just stepping stones to us wanting to become all knowing. Sites like facebook allow us unprecedented access into the lives of others, by viewing others social circle, by seeing what parties they went to along with endless photo’s etc. Sites like youtube show us how others behave and think, and in many cases convey emotion. My prediction for the next 100 years…
1. There will be a device that can record your thoughts emotions and your vision in real time and you will be able to store it on something like youtube.com were others can experience it.
2. The internet today is composed of computers, the brain is basically a computer it would make sense that at some point down the line technology will come about that allows your brain to connect to the net/others. I could see it working much like webcams do today, you just find someone you like and hear/feel/see what they do as they go about life. In the scientific world I could see computers creating a virtual world for you that looks like a dream, other people can then enter the dream and change things at will. Think of hundreds of people working together to design something, but instead of using tools like autocad its done with your mind connected to others as well as computers.
I wonder if i’ll live to see any of that… In the next 5 years I think the next major thing on the internet will be a site that helps convey emotions in some way. Social networks only seem to tap into vanity, ie who has the most friends, who looks the best, how many persons top friend are you etc. But there are many other emotions that can be tapped into.