The next few years are very exciting indeed, until we reach the year 2020 a lot of new technology is being introduced and will come to the mass global consumer market, such as the flexible AMOLED TV’s I’ve talked about in an earlier post, transparent and flexible smartphones, optical technology like Google Glass, 64-bit 16-core mobile processors and a lot more. Obviously, how we read and respond to the ‘60s vision of the future is viewed through a contemporary lens, just as the ‘00s Enterprise of the Star Trek reboots can already be seen to be roughly analogous to the shiny and sleek iPad aesthetic of Apple—which the company has already refined and evolved in different directions by 2016.
As tech companies develop creative solutions to make cities more efficient, we can only hope they’ll be mindful to the effects of change on city-dwellers’ wellbeing; after all, loneliness, and the health ailments that come with it, isn’t conducive to the productive economies we need to solve the problems of the future.
As with Star Trek’s vision of Future-London and the interiors of the Starfleet ships, the past is just as crucial in anchoring the future, but in this example we can also see that the technology doesn’t have to remain believable through being strictly utilitarian and practical: it can also have a more overtly fantastical element tethered to the future possibilities and permutations of our current reality.
New opportunities to reach new students, improve the quality of the educational experience for existing students, and lower costs for non-differentiating activities will only be discovered if technological thinking (and campus technology leaders) are integral to discussions and planning.
So we’re what doing is we’re mining patents, we’re mining what Angels and VCs are doing, what startup descriptions look like, government grants, news media, for instance, if there’s chatter happening in subreddits or niche, or the sub-communities, we think there’s interesting signal there and then looking at academic and corporate research, and you smash all that stuff together and these are these n+1 trends that we’re gonna cover.